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Margot Robbie Set To Do The Taliban Shuffle

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:58:15 GMT

Margot Robbie Set To Do The Taliban Shuffle

She's in negotiations for Tina Fey's new film

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Margot Robbie is fielding plenty of offers at the moment. With a potential role in the Warner Bros. Suicide Squad film quickly coming together with David Ayer in charge, the Wolf Of Wall Street actress is also now considering a part in The Taliban Shuffle, which already has Tina Fey attached.

The story has been adapted from Kim Barker’s wartime memoir, subtitled 'Strange Days In Afghanistan And Pakistan.' It charts her time as a journalist in Kabul in 2002, where with no foreign languages among her skillset and precious little idea how to get between Pakistan and Afghanistan, she was thrown in at the deep end. Slowly but surely, she grew to love the region, even as she became increasingly worried about its future.

Fey is playing Barker, and if she makes a deal, Robbie will be set as a blonde, competitive on-air news anchor that becomes friends with her, yet turns out to be ruthless in finding a story that will make her career. In her favour on this one is the fact that John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are on board to direct, having just worked with Robbie on Will Smith con man drama Focus. But she has to juggle schedules as Suicide Squad, assuming she scores the job, would shoot in early 2015 and she also needs to be available to promote Focus.

That one is due here on February 27 and Robbie will also be seen in David Yates’ take on Tarzan, arriving in 2016.








New Into The Woods Images Stalk Online

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:58:14 GMT

New Into The Woods Images Stalk Online

Chris Pine and co. are feeling musical

One batch of atmospheric stills from Stephen Sondheim musical adaptation Into The Woods has already emerged online (see lower down the page), alongside a poster and the first teaser trailer. Now here comes Entertainment Weekly with a new set of images in its latest Winter Preview issue. {New Into The Woods Imagery}

Riffing on the stories of the Brothers Grimm, Into The Woods is about a childless baker who attempts to lift a family curse by journeying woods-ward to confront Streep's evil harpy. Along the way they encounter classic characters like Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack (of beanstalk notoriety) and Red Riding Hood, played by newcomer Lilla Crawford.

James Corden is the Baker, with Emily Blunt as his wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinders' handsome prince, Johnny Depp (who appears to be on a run of moustache action, between this, Mortdecai and Tusk) as the Big Bad Wolf, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Annette Crosbie as Grandma, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Frances de la Tour as The Giant and Tracey Ullman as Jack's mother. {Into The Woods People Stills}

You can see more of EW’s pictures at their site, though they are a mixture of new behind the scenes glimpses and pictures that are already online mingling with new material. With Rob Marshall overseeing the music and the cast, Into The Woods will arrive in the US on Christmas Day and heads over here on January 9, 2015.


Steve Coogan Heads For Happyish

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:42:40 GMT

Steve Coogan Heads For Happyish

Replacing Philip Seymour Hoffman in the dark comedy show

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death rocked the film world in February this year, but it also had repercussions for the TV universe. Hoffman had been part of a pilot for a new show on US cable channel Showtime called Happyish, which has just been ordered to series when he passed. Now the dark comedy is headed back to the pilot stage, with Steve Coogan taking over the lead.

He’ll be Thom Payne, a 44-year-old British expat working in the States whose ordinary life is thrown into disarray when his boss is replaced by a 25-year-old wunderkind who spouts terms like “viral” and “social marketing.” The new arrival makes him question whether he’s satisfied with his situation.

According to Deadline, producers Shalom Auslander, Ken Kwapis and Alexandra Beattie had been developing the project for years before finally getting the green light to make the show. Given the long break between the pilot and the new shoot (planned for December), most of the cast has moved on to other jobs, though Kathryn Hahn, who co-starred in the original version, is reportedly talking about coming back. “Steve’s range is astounding – he is a comedy legend, a gifted satirist, and he possesses the unique combination of talents this role demands,” Auslander tells Deadline. Standing in for Philip Seymour Hoffman? Hardly the easiest task in the world…

Coogan will be back on the big screen in Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, which arrives here on December 19.








Nathalie Emmanuel Heads For Maze Runner Sequel

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:52:26 GMT

Nathalie Emmanuel Heads For Maze Runner Sequel

She'll be part of The Scorch Trials

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She’s currently best known as Missandei on HBO’s Game Of Thrones, but Nathalie Emmanuel is looking to expand her film C.V. after a run on British TV. She’s landed a key role in The Maze Runner’s sequel The Scorch Trials.

The follow-up to the successful first film, which is still doing decent business at the box office, adapts James Dashner’s second novel, with director Wes Ball gearing up to start shooting shortly.

Any further discussion of course ventures into Spoiler Territory, so those who haven’t read the books or seen the first film should think about avoiding the following paragraphs. The Scorch Trials picks up what happens after Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the other survivors of the Glade and its surrounding maze go on the run on an Earth that has been ravaged by solar flares.

Emmanuel, who will play the leader of a group of young women who escaped a different maze, isn’t the only Thrones actor on board for this second outing. There’s also Aidan Gillen, who is playing Janson – he’s also known as Rat-Man – one of their biggest foes likely to also be seen in the film (or films, given current trends in young adult franchises) based on final book The Death Cure. And Giancarlo Esposito and Rosa Salazar recently jumped aboard the film.

A veteran of the likes of Hollyoaks and Misfits, Emmanuel will also pop up in a small role in Fast & Furious 7, which drives onto screens on April 3 next year.


Nick Frost Finds The Finger

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:52:26 GMT

Nick Frost Finds The Finger

A new US TV sitcom

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While he’s stayed busy in the cinema and on UK TV, Nick Frost hasn’t had as much success cracking the world of US network telly. He’s linked to a pilot for Fox called Sober Companion, which is still in limbo, but he’s also attached to a new show, The Finger.

Ben Karlin, who boasts work on The Daily Show, Colbert Report and Modern Family on his C.V., is aboard to co-write the pilot with Frost and oversee the show. Frost will star as Nick Ferguson, the world’s most famous – or perhaps that should be infamous – jewel thief, who plans to quit the criminal world and settle down to a quiet life, mostly because he wants to spend more time with his nine-year-old son. But he soon discovers that playing within the law and running a sandwich shop might not be as easy as pulling off gem heists.

The show, which has been bought by US network ABC, is planned as a single-camera comedy, but we’ll have to wait and see if this one is picked up. Frost will be back on the small screen in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, and has fantasy film Syrenia and comedy Unfinished Business set to hit next year, with Business new on March 6.








Magic Faraway Tree Film Planned

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:21:42 GMT

Magic Faraway Tree Film Planned

Sam Mendes is producing an Enid Blyton adaptation

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Generally, the adaptations in Sam Mendes cinematic career to date have been heavier dramas or the violent likes of Road To Perdition. But for a new producing job, he’s shepherding a much more whimsical story to the screen, overseeing work on a film of Enid Blyton’s book The Magical Faraway Tree.

Blyton’s series of four novels, The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk Of The Faraway Tree and Up The Faraway Tree, which were published between 1939 and 1951, are set in an enchanted forest that is home to the titular trunk. When a group of children discovers it, they go on a series of adventures in and around the lofty tree, which is tall enough to reach the clouds and big enough to hold small houses.

Mendes and Pippa Harris’s Neal Street Productions has secured the rights to all four books, presumably to set a franchise in motion if the first film works. “As a child I was captivated by The Faraway Tree books, and the magical worlds created by Enid Blyton,” Harris tells Variety. “Re-reading the books today with my daughter, they completely retain their power to enchant. To be able to adapt these books for the big screen, and introduce them to a new audience is a great honour.” There’s no word on a writer, director or any casting yet, but expect that to start to emerge soon.


Natalie Dormer Ventures Into The Forest

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:21:42 GMT

Natalie Dormer Ventures Into The Forest

She's set for the supernatural thriller

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She’s already got a couple of films demanding her attention, but Natalie Dormer is lining up more work. She’s now signed on to the lead for supernatural thriller The Forest.

Set in the same location as Gus Van Sant’s new Matthew McConaughey-starring drama Sea Of Trees, The Forest finds a young American woman searching for her vanished twin sister in the Japanese forest of Aokigahara. It’s a place at the foot of Mount Fuji where people traditionally end their lives. But though she’s seeking answers, what she actually discovers is a forest full of the angry souls of the dead who have perished there before. We’re guessing there will be running and screaming before the final credits roll.

Jason Zada is directing this one from a script currently undergoing work by Nick Acosta and Sarah Cornwell with Dark Knight trilogy writer and prolific producer David Goyer overseeing the project alongside Lava Bear Films.

As for Dormer, she’ll be part of the cast for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which arrives on November 20. She’s also gearing up to make horror thriller Patient Zero and will be back on smaller screens for the new season of Game Of Thrones, due next April.








Re-Release Trailer For 2001: A Space Odyssey

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:06:11 GMT

Re-Release Trailer For 2001: A Space Odyssey

Daisy, Daisy...

You may have seen that we put our feature about Five Films You Should See Before Interstellar – in which Christopher Nolan talks about his inspirations for his new sci-fi – online recently. Top of that list is Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the film in conveniently headed back into the best place to see it: cinemas. Here’s the new trailer… 

Obviously, if you’ve never seen it, this is the ideal opportunity to have your mind rocked and your expectations met, as Kubrick’s thoughtful, trippy and huge film explores humanity’s fascination with the stars, alien intervention in human life, and much, much more. All set to some beautiful music.

And yes, it’s a chance to acquaint – or re-acquaint - yourself with the coldly logical computer HAL, one of the most iconic examples of artificial intelligence ever committed to celluloid. 2001 will be on limited re-release in a variety of locations around the UK from 18 November, and you can find full details here.


John Carter Could Return To Mars

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:06:10 GMT

John Carter Could Return To Mars

As Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. takes the rights back from Disney

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One unsuccessful – in box office terms, at least – attempt to bring something to the screen can sometimes soil a property for other filmmakers. But that doesn’t appear to be the case for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter Of Mars, as the writer’s estate is now trying to prove. With the rights back in its hands from Disney, the search is on for a new cinematic partner.

Despite Disney and director Andrew Stanton’s efforts with 2012’s John Carter, the Mouse House couldn’t generate enough interest in the property to kick off a franchise. And while the film is increasingly being seen less as a noble effort scuppered by confusing marketing, a push away from the core concept and differences of opinion, it seems to have opened the door for others to try again, with some salutary lessons to be learned. And it doesn’t hurt that Guardians Of The Galaxy has just used the oddball space adventure format to power a huge hit.

“John Carter Of Mars was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as Superman, Star Wars and Avatar,” says Burroughs Inc. president James Sullos. “Edgar Rice Burroughs was 'the master of adventure' and his literary works continue to enjoy a world-wide following. We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops. Along with a new Tarzan film in development by Warner Bros., we hope to have John Carter become another major franchise to entertain world-wide audiences of all ages.”

The company will now start entertaining pitches by other companies and filmmaking teams to work on getting Carter’s ass back to Mars. The big question remains whether it really can work this time, especially in an era when so many of the elements it helped originate have been used by other movies and TV series. Warner Bros.' Tarzan, meanwhile, will be on our screens in 2016.








Kim Basinger Joins The Nice Guys

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:06:10 GMT

Kim Basinger Joins The Nice Guys

As a corrupt chief justice

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LA Confidential reunion klaxon! All right, so it’s just Kim Basinger and Russell Crowe from the crime classic that will share the screen once again, but it is for another period piece set in a dangerous time for the City of Angels. The actress has joined the cast of Shane Black’s new thriller, The Nice Guys.

Black co-wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi, and the story is set in the 1970s. Ryan Gosling will be wayward, troubled private eye Holland March, who crosses paths with hired muscle Jackson Healy (Crowe). These unlikely allies must prowl the mean streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl, which soon develops links to the death of a porn star. As they unravel the cases, they discover a massive conspiracy with tentacles in the highest levels of power.

Margaret Qualley, who was recently seen in HBO drama The Leftovers, is the daughter of a corrupt chief justice. Her character just so happens to be the spitting image of a porn star named Misty Mountains. And Basinger is set as her mother, the crooked official who is in the pay of criminals. Matt Bomer is aboard in an unspecified role, while Keith David and Beau Knapp recently signed on to play villains.

Black is aiming at a June 17, 2016 release date. Basinger, last seen in Grudge Match, is part of Anders Morgenthaler’s drama I Am Here, which doesn’t yet have a UK release date set.


The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death Trailer Materialises

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:06:09 GMT

The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death Trailer Materialises

Tom Harper's horror sequel opens its doors to visitors

Bringing you some mild scares on a Wednesday, Tom Harper’s The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death has unveiled its first trailer today, sending audiences screaming back to the dank disrepair of Eel Marsh House (Downton Shabby, anyone?).

While Daniel Radcliffe and James Watkins have since moved out, Jeremy Irvine has stepped in for a story that picks up 40 years after the first haunting, in the midst of World War II, when a group of evacuated children take up residence in the house during the Blitz. Unfortunately for them, the funereally clad lady of the house is still in residence and Nazi bombers prove to be the least of their worries. You can check out the trailer below.








James Wan Directing The Conjuring Sequel

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:06:09 GMT

James Wan Directing The Conjuring Sequel

He's headed back to horror

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When he was out promoting The Conjuring in 2013 and preparing to start shooting Fast & Furious 7, James Wan talked about how he was finished with horror films for a while and wanted to focus on other things. But it seems he’s happy to return to at least one of his scare franchises, as the director has made a deal to craft The Conjuring 2.

We guessed when news broke that the horror sequel was being pushed back to 2016 that Wan may have made a deal to return provided he could be given more time to work on other things, such as the extensive tour planned in support of the new Fast outing, which itself had to be delayed to 2015 after the death of Paul Walker.

And Wan hasn’t stepped entirely away from the terror genre that helped make his career: he produced this year’s Conjuring spin-off Annabelle, and his new deal includes an option to produce and develop sci-fi, horror and comedy films for New Line via his Atomic Monster production company.

No firm details have emerged about the Conjuring sequel, which currently carries the subtitle 'The Enfield Poltergeist'. From the sounds of that, it’ll see Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga back as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who spent time investigating Blighty’s spooks during their long career.

As for what this means for Wan’s future with the Fast franchise, that’s anyone’s guess, though Deadline points out that Universal’s option on him did include room to make another Conjuring.








Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler Red Band Trailer Lands Online

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:06:08 GMT

Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler Red Band Trailer Lands Online

John Goodman and Mark Wahlberg fill the swear jar

Sporting an air of clammy tension and an Elmore Leonard-y vibe, crime drama The Gambler wants your attention for a couple of minutes. It has a new trailer that Empire is pleased to debut. Click below to watch it in full.

Rupert ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Wyatt’s latest is a return to the jittery thrills of The Escapist. It draws a bead on literary professor Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), whose weakness for the cards tables lands him in deep with all kinds of people you really don’t want to be in deep with. As gangsters and John Goodman's loan shark circle, and his girlfriend and family wonder how to tackle the crisis, Bennett looks likely to resort to extreme measures. {The Gambler Stills} The Departed’s William Monahan turned out the script, which reworked James Toback’s version for the James Caan-starring 1974 original. “This is a man who has everything – wealth, looks, education,” Wyatt tells USA Today of his protagonist. “But he's trapped in a gilded cage of privilege. He sets out on this journey to rid himself of all material possessions – to blow it all up – a quest to strip himself to get back to zero.”{First The Gambler Poster}

With Brie Larson, Jessica Lange and Michael K. Williams co-starring, The Gambler will be out in the US on December 19 with one eye on an Oscar run. It won’t be on these shores until May, 2015.








Exclusive First Look At Helen Mirren In Eye In The Sky

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:50:35 GMT

Exclusive First Look At Helen Mirren In Eye In The Sky

Gavin Hood's new drone warfare thriller

With Ender’s Game director Gavin Hood and a cast that includes, Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi and Iain Glen busy shooting in South Africa, we’re happy to bring you the first, exclusive imagery from drone drama Eye In The Sky.{Exclusive First Look At Eye In The Sky}

The hot button thriller follows the complicated chain of authority that is firmly yanked when a new wrinkle enters a drone mission. The focus is on a few characters involved, including military intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Mirren), remotely commanding a drone operation to locate terrorists in Nairobi.

When the team discovers that their targets are planning a suicide mission, the targets are marked for death instead. Then, just as pilot Steve Watts (Paul) is set to destroy the safe house, he spots a nine year-old girl entering the kill zone and must pass the request for confirmation of the next step up to the highest levels, including our own foreign secretary (Glen).

With production still underway, there’s no solid release date for Eye In The Sky yet, but it should arrive on screens next year.


Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler Trailer Lands Online

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:04:22 GMT

Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler Trailer Lands Online

John Goodman and Mark Wahlberg fill the swear jar

Sporting an air of clammy tension and an Elmore Leonard-y vibe, crime drama The Gambler wants your attention for a couple of minutes. It has a new trailer that Empire is pleased to debut. Click below to watch it in full.

Rupert ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Wyatt’s latest is a return to the jittery thrills of The Escapist. It draws a bead on literary professor Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), whose weakness for the cards tables lands him in deep with all kinds of people you really don’t want to be in deep with. As gangsters and John Goodman's loan shark circle, and his girlfriend and family wonder how to tackle the crisis, Bennett looks likely to resort to extreme measures. {The Gambler Stills} The Departed’s William Monahan turned out the script, which reworked James Toback’s version for the James Caan-starring 1974 original. “This is a man who has everything – wealth, looks, education,” Wyatt tells USA Today of his protagonist. “But he's trapped in a gilded cage of privilege. He sets out on this journey to rid himself of all material possessions – to blow it all up – a quest to strip himself to get back to zero.”{First The Gambler Poster}

With Brie Larson, Jessica Lange and Michael K. Williams co-starring, The Gambler will be out in the US on December 19 with one eye on an Oscar run. It won’t be on these shores until May, 2015.

 


Exclusive First Look At Eye In The Sky

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:04:19 GMT

Exclusive First Look At Eye In The Sky

Gavin Hood's new drone warfare thriller

With Ender’s Game director Gavin Hood and a cast that includes, Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi and Iain Glen busy shooting in South Africa, we’re happy to bring you the first, exclusive imagery from drone drama Eye In The Sky.{Exclusive First Look At Eye In The Sky}

The hot button topical thriller follows the complicated chain of authority that is firmly yanked when a new wrinkle enters a drone mission. The focus is on a few characters involved, including military intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Mirren), remotely commanding a drone operation to locate terrorists in Nairobi.

When the team discovers that their targets are planning a suicide mission, the targets are marked for death instead. Then, just as pilot Steve Watts (Paul) is set to destroy the safe house, he spots a nine-year-old girl entering the kill zone and must pass the request for confirmation of the next step up to the highest levels, including our own foreign secretary (Glen).

With production still underway, there’s no solid release date for Eye In The Sky yet, but it should arrive on screens next year.








Meryl Streep Heads For Florence

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:56:52 GMT

Meryl Streep Heads For Florence

Hugh Grant also aboard Stephen Frears' latest

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Stephen Frears is no stranger to films about music or real people, and he’s combining those chunks of his directorial career for Florence. He’s just secured Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant to star in the film.

Florence will chronicle the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, an heiress and socialite whose driving passion was opera. Specifically, she wanted to get on stage and sing, but was held back by the fact that she could barely warble a correct note.

Yet while Florence was convinced that the voice she heard in her head was mellifluous and lovely to all, her partner/manager, aristocratic actor St. Clair Bayfield (Grant) became determined to protect that delusion, convincing everyone around them to support her. He ended up organising a Carnegie Hall concert for her in 1944, which racked up ticket sales of more than 3,000. Jenkins died a month later – from what we can assume was natural causes, not a member of the audience from the concert tracking her down. Nicholas Martin wrote the script for the film, and Frears will crack on with it once he finishes work on his untitled Lance Armstrong biopic.


Patrick Stewart Enters The Green Room

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:41:22 GMT

Patrick Stewart Enters The Green Room

He'll play a white supremacist

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He was back on the big screen this spring playing the benevolent Professor Xavier in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. But for a new film, Patrick Stewart will be taking on something altogether more sinister.

Yes, the man who regularly delights the Twitter world by dressing up or cracking wise will be tackling one of the toughest roles of his career for Green Room, a new indie movie from Blue Ruin writer/director Jeremy Saulnier.

The film finds a punk band straying into a secluded part of the Pacific Northwest and stumbling on to a horrific act of violence. Because they’re the only witnesses, they become the targets of a terrifying gang of white power skinheads who want to make sure all the evidence is destroyed.

Stewart is playing Darcy Banker, the unflinching leader of the gang who rules his little kingdom with an iron fist. He leads a cast that also includes Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein and Macon Blair.

Saulnier is cranking the cameras now in and around Portland and the film should be on screen next year. Stewart will next be seen in more light-hearted mood in Stuck, an indie comedy about people trapped in an elevator on Christmas Eve.








London Film Festival 2014: Song Of The Sea Gala

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:10:55 GMT

London Film Festival 2014: Song Of The Sea Gala

Myths and legends in the West End

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Song Of The Sea
arrived to a red carpet reception for its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Saturday afternoon. Taking pride of place for the festival's Family Gala, the keenly anticipated second feature from The Secret Of Kells director Tomm Moore was well supported by the creators and voice actors.

The film follows the story of a young boy, Conor (voiced by David Rawle) and his quiet little sister Saoirse (Lucy O’Connell), who live by the sea in Ireland with their widowed father (Brendan Gleeson). Soon their ordinary lives take a turn for the strange and the family start to question whether the ancient myths of their country might actually contain some real life truth.

The story was conjured up by director Moore and magicked into a screenplay by Will Collins. "The original fantasy that Tomm had," said Collins, "was a story about a family who lived out by the sea and he wanted to tackle the issue of the way our mythology and our culture was slowly eroding, but also to pursue some environmental themes as well. For me, the first thing I thought about was how we could make this issue a family story, and essentially a relatable story with an emotional take to it. So I really wanted to focus on developing the family and seeing what was the problem in their world, trying to find a way of fixing that."

Much of Collins’ work was developed from brainstorming the story along with the visuals with the director. "Tomm would have a piece of paper in front of him and I'd be taking notes while he was illustrating," remembered the writer, "then we’d would come up with ideas. Once, we had this character who we came across called the Hairy Man, and who in the film is called the Great Shanakee. I remember the day we came up with him - Tomm was literally drawing this concept of a huge mass of hair and by the time we’d finished our conversation he spun around his paper and goes, ‘Is he a bit like this?’. I just said, ‘That’s exactly like him, actually he’s better than what I imagined.' When you work with such brilliant artists, whatever I had in my head they thought of something that was ten times better."

Rawle, the voice of the character Conor and star of Irish sitcom Moone Boy, also took some time to chat. This was his first work on an animated feature, and he was enthusiastic to talk about the recording process.

"We recorded the voices first then they did the small movements after. I’d never done anything like that before but I’d seen The Secret Of Kells, which was just amazing. It’s going to be interesting to see this one too as it’s my first time seeing the whole movie."

Recording an animated voice was a new process for Lisa Hannigan too, who plays Bronagh. The acclaimed Irish singer had her first experience of acting on the film, although it initially came as something of a surprise.

"Well, at first they asked me just to do singing," she said, "which was fine for me because I really like singing, and then they asked if I would be alright to do a little acting. I was worried that it would be terrible - for them, not for me - but then I thought I’d just give it a go and they were so encouraging and nice about it."

Despite the slight trepidation, Hannigan, like all the red carpet attendees, was excited to see Song Of The Sea on the big screen, where its rich visuals belong. The animation, which also features the voices of Fionnula Flanagan, Jon Kenny and Pat Shortt, has yet to announce a UK release date.

Reporting by Jenny Scouler








Billy Boyd To Sing The Hobbit's Closing Credits Song

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:51:20 GMT

Billy Boyd To Sing The Hobbit's Closing Credits Song

Viggo Mortensen breathes a sigh of relief



With fitting circularity, the Hobbit saga will end pretty much as The Lord Of The Rings did 12 years earlier with Billy Boyd - Pippin, no less - singing out The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies with a closing credits song.

In collaboration with Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, the actor, singer and once-Hobbit has co-written an original song, 'The Last Goodbye', which he'll perform over the end credits, presumably using a battered orc as a mic stand, in collaboration with. The news was spotted by Hitflix on a For Your Consideration award from Warner Bros., who'll no doubt be hoping that Boyd gets some belated Best Song acclaim at the Oscars next year.

As Peregrin 'Pippin' Took, of course, he sang 'The Edge Of Night' towards the conclusion of The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and has kept his vocal chords loose and limber in the meantime performing with his band Beecake. Boyd will follow Neil Finn ('Song Of The Lonely Mountain') and Ed Sheeran ('I See Fire') into the recording studio to provide a Hobbit outro ditty.

Of course, before we hear his dulcet tones again, there's the small matter of the battle itself to witness as Sauron's legions and the forces of good do battle and everyone hopes that at least one of the armies remembered to bring its away strip. It will end soon - to misquote Brad Pitt in Fury - but before it does, a whole lot more orcs gotta die. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies lands in your neighbour cinema on December 12.


Conjuring Sequel Delayed Until 2016

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:20:17 GMT

Conjuring Sequel Delayed Until 2016

Another New Line horror will take its place in 2015

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Following the surprise crossover mainstream success of James Wan's spooky The Conjuring, studio New Line were quick to announce both a sequel and a spin-off. The latter, Annabelle, has already arrived, but The Conjuring 2 isn't moving forward as swiftly. It's just been pulled from its previously announced release date of October 23 next year, and replaced by another as-yet unnamed New Line scarefest.

Not too much is known about The Conjuring 2 so far, aside from the return of stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal investigators Ed and Elaine Warren, and that Chad and Carey Hayes are once again writing the screenplay. Rather than returning to the first film's story in some way, the sequel will simply present the Warrens with a different case. The IMDb currently gives it the subtitle The Enfield Poltergeist, suggesting a 1977 setting in the English village of Brimsdown...

The reason for the delay is unclear, although there's some suggestion that the studio are waiting for Wan to become available to re-take the director's chair. Wan had previously said that he was leaving horror alone for a while, and has recently been wrangling Fast & Furious 7. But perhaps a sweet deal has been brokered?

As for the unnamed horror that will replace The Conjuring 2 on October 23, there's really no clue so far. Again going purely by the IMDb, New Line's current development slate includes Tarsem Singh's A Killing On Carnival Row, killer bedbug flick Dead Asleep, Cary Fukunaga's new version of Stephen King's It, Darwin Brooks' gothic Western Six Gun Dead, and an English-language remake of The Orphange.

Whether that information remains accurate and whether any of those projects is close to a green light is anyone's guess. We could just as easily be talking about something else completely...

 








Eli Roth Gets Cabin Fever Again

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:32:53 GMT

Eli Roth Gets Cabin Fever Again

Producing a remake of his 2002 original

Eli Roth's Cabin Fever is now twelve years old: plenty old enough, apparently, to be ripe for the remake treatment. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts to turn the cabin-in-the-woods / flesh-eating-virus horror into a franchise, a new team has decided to start again from scratch. Travis Zariwny (Intruder) is the director, and the unforntuate kids this time are Gage Golightly (from MTV's Teen Wolf series), Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker.

Roth is acting as executive producer and is also the writer. That's not because he's re-tooled the script, but because Zariwny is working from the exact same screenplay that Roth co-wrote with Randy Pearlstein just over a decade ago.

“Travis had an amazing vision for my original script," says Roth, "and as a scary movie fan I really wanted to see it. I almost see this like re-staging a play, and I’m excited to see what ideas Travis and the cast bring to it. They’re all fans of the original and want to make a film that’s a new classic and I believe they will."

Cabin Fever, if you missed it, involves a group of teens holing up in a remote cabin for a spot of misbehaviour. Sadly their partying is ruined by an unpleasant and virulent outbreak of necrotising fasciitis. Seven years later, Ti West butted heads with studio Lionsgate over the ill-fated sequel Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever. And a prequel, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, starring Sean Astin, was released just recently.

Whether this much Cabin Fever is a good thing is a moot point at this stage. Depending on who you listen to, the remake is either just about to start shooting or is already in the can having wrapped recently in Portland, Oregon. Whatever, it's currently looking for a deal at the American Film Market.


Ron Livingston Encounters The Fifth Wave

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:31:10 GMT

Ron Livingston Encounters The Fifth Wave

As Chloë Grace Moretz's dad

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Shooting has been underway for about a month on alien invasion saga The Fifth Wave, which finds Chloë Grace Moretz trying to survive in the face of devastating extra terrestrial attacks. Ron Livingston is the latest cast member to sign on to the young adult adaptation.

Moretz is starring as Cassie Sullivan, a young woman who survives the four waves of deadly extra-terrestrial attacks against the Earth’s population that have left our planet a darkened, doomed place where its new conquerors roam in near-human form, picking off survivors.

Cassie, who still hopes to rescue her younger brother, prefers to travel alone, figuring she’ll be safer that way. But then she meets Evan Walker (Alex Roe), a mysterious young man who could be her big hope.

Livingston is set to play Moretz’ father, Oliver, an important part of her life, and the one who tries to protect her from the various alien attacks. We have a horrible feeling he doesn’t make it too far.

Susannah Grant adapted the script from Rick Yancey’s bestselling novel, and The Disappearance Of Alice Creed’s J Blakeson is in the director’s chair. Nick Robinson and Liev Schreiber are also among the cast for the film, which is set to land here on January 29.








Sean Bean Set For The Martian

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:15:57 GMT

Sean Bean Set For The Martian

Get your 'when does he die?' jokes out now...

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“He’ll suffocate! He’ll experience explosive decompression! He’ll be roasted by a stray rocket booster! He’s playing the planet Mars and it blows up at the end!” Yes, we can almost hear the litany of 'How Will Sean Bean Die?' jokes being drawn up as we write this, but here’s the news anyway – he’s joined the cast of Ridley Scott’s The Martian.

Matt Damon is starring in the film as NASA astronaut Mark Watney, left stranded on Mars after his crewmates on the Ares 3 mission are forced to evacuate by a dust storm.

To stave off death on the Red Planet, Watney tries to rustle up water and grow crops. Meanwhile, his fellow astronauts are kept in the dark about his survival during their voyage back to Earth on the Hermes spacecraft. NASA struggles to find some way to rescue Watney, while the Hermes astronauts add their efforts once they finally discover he’s alive. Jeff Daniels will play the NASA boss who must decide how much to tell Watney’s colleagues about his dire straits, while Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara and Michael Peña are all now listed as aboard the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As for Bean, he’s staying firmly on the ground as a NASA flight director, who presumably works for Daniels’ character and faces little chance of kicking any buckets unless a stray space shuttle lands on him, or something. Drew Goddard adapted Andy Weir’s book for the film, which kicks off filming next month.

Bean has been busy starring in US cable drama Legends and will be seen in both Jupiter Ascending (due February 6 next year) and Pixels, which lands on August 21. He likes to joke about his onscreen fatalities as much as anyone, and talked to us about them here. Plus he was celebrated in our recent poster mashup set.


Jason Momoa Opens Up About Aquaman

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:14:32 GMT

Jason Momoa Opens Up About Aquaman

Now his casting is finally official...

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It’s been one of the least well-kept secrets around in recent months, but now that Warner Bros. has officially confirmed that Jason Momoa is set to play Aquaman, the actor himself is finally able to talk about the role. And he did just that this weekend at Atlanta’s Walker Stalker convention event, according to Comicbook.com.

Momoa is happy that the catfish is out of the bag, because, if we’re all honest, he wasn’t always subtle about hinting at the casting decision. “Listen, I was asked to play it. You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you’ve just got to keep it quiet. I was just trying to respect Warner Bros. and everyone’s wishes. I’m really, really happy that I don’t have to be quiet anymore, because that’s really hard for me.”

Though he studied marine biology before starting acting, Momoa won’t be using his education to help prepare for the role. But he will be using his Polynesian heritage. “My family are some of the greatest water men on earth," he said. "I’m not, but I’m going to go train with them. But it’s really an honour just being a Polynesian. And water is the most important thing in this world and we all know it. It’s cool to be a part of DC’s universe. I’m really excited to be with Warner Bros. and hopefully everyone likes it. And Zack Snyder’s a genius, so I’m really excited to be hanging out with him.”

As for when he might first show up as the character – there has been speculation he’ll cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice – it appears Momoa is thinking he’ll debut in the first Justice League film before the solo Aquaman adventure in 2018. “I know the Justice League will come first. That’s really what we’re going to focus on. I’m not sure if it will be set prior to Justice League or post. I don’t know too much about it. It will probably be where he came from.” Naturally, he can’t say too much more, but it must be a relief to finally have the chance to say something... Whether or not Aquaman shows his face, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is set for March 25, 2016.