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Magic Mike XXL Starts Shooting

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:35:14 GMT

Magic Mike XXL Starts Shooting

Steven Soderbergh tweets the first image

Though this past weekend was a holiday in the US, the team behind Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the 2012 stripper hit, quietly kicked off shooting in the skies above Myrtle Beach, as documented by the movie’s cinematographer, one Peter Andrews. 

Yes, that’s just one of the cinematic alter egos of Steven Soderbergh, who is stepping back to let long time collaborator Gregory Jacobs wield the megaphone for this one, but is staying actively involved through shooting and editing the final product.

With Channing Tatum once again starring and co-writing with Reid Carolin, the new Mike film reportedly finds the strippers on a road trip to different clubs, which leads to even more mad experiences with audiences. “You've seen Magic Mike – now multiply that,” Tatum told GQ earlier this year. “Mob mentality. It's just exponentially crazier. I thought it was absolutely insane.”

Joe Manganiello is confirmed as returning for this one, with the likes of Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and a post-Oscar Matthew McConaughey a little less official this time around. The film is set to strut into US cinemas on July 1 next year and will hit these shores on August 7.

Star Wars: Episode VII Recruits Miltos Yerolemou

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:20:04 GMT

Star Wars: Episode VII Recruits Miltos Yerolemou

Game Of Thrones alumnus off to a galaxy far, far away


With one Westeros resident already in the cast – Gwendoline Christie – it would appear J.J. Abrams and his Star Wars: Episode VII casting team is not finished recruiting Game Of Thrones actors. Miltos Yerolemou has, according to the BBC, scored a small role in the new film.

Though production on the latest Star Wars has been underway for months (pausing recently to figure out schedules after Harrison Ford’s leg was broken on set), Abrams and co. have still been bringing actors aboard to supplement the cast, which already includes Ford, Christie, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Max Von Sydow, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar Isaac, Christina Chong, Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson.

Details on Yerolemou’s role have yet to be revealed, to almost no-one’s surprise. But while you might remember him best as Syrio Forel, who taught Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark to swordfight in the first season of the show, the actor has had extensive fight training and other experience, leading to speculation he may end up with a light saber in his hand. He’s currently at work on the adaptation of Wolf Hall alongside Mark Rylance and Jonathan Pryce. Star Wars: Episode VII, meanwhile, will be out on December 18, 2015. 

24 Movie Talks Surface Again

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:26:07 GMT

24 Movie Talks Surface Again

But will it actually go forward this time?


The idea of a 24 film has been on and off again more times than Jack Bauer’s said “damnit!” And that’s a lot of times. But while the chatter died down once recent miniseries Live Another Day surfaced, there is refreshed talk, in the wake of Bauer’s return to duty, about the big screen version.

According to TV Line, there are new discussions going on inside Imagine Entertainment, based off a brand new pitch, which is being kept strictly secret. Apparently it’s only been talked up within the Imagine halls, where boss Brian Grazer appears particularly happy with the idea, and has yet to even cross a desk at 20th Century Fox, which would produce and distribute any film.

And let’s not forget that we’ve been here before multiple times, with Kiefer Sutherland and co. either fanning or dousing rumours that a movie is imminent and at least one script draft, by Billy Ray, tossed out in the midst of a particularly difficult development spasm.

There is also the potential complication of Fox’s TV arm looking to work on another miniseries following the success of Live Another Day, though there’s nothing concrete on that front either. For now, we’re just going to have to be patient and see whether the Bauer Power Hour stalks across small screens again or finally hits the big one. 24 fans, meanwhile, can slake their thirst via our pod-chat with producer/director Jon Cassar. 

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New Ghost In The Shell 25th Anniversary Poster

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:46:19 GMT

New Ghost In The Shell 25th Anniversary Poster

Anime magic returns to the big screen

Japanese anime Ghost In The Shell is an Empire-acclaimed world cinema great, with the manga on which it's based celebrating its 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the film has an upcoming re-release. It has a new poster to mark the occasion. Click below for a closer look. {Ghost In The Shell Poster} What’s so good about this film? Easy. It’s a feast of blistering visuals that wears its cyberpunk spirit on its sleeve and helped set up big Hollywood sci-fis ahead. Filmmakers from James Cameron to Steven Spielberg have acknowledged the influence of Mamoru Oshii’s animation, while Lana and Andrew Wachowski have pointed to it as a key Matrix touchstone.

With shades of Philip K. Dick, the story sets a cyborg gumshoe on the trail of shadowy hacker The Puppet Master. But is she human or is she dancer just a machine? Those philosophical questions will obviously be familiar to Blade Runner fans but Ghost In The Shell pursues them in a dazzling, neo-tinged world filled with gun battles and car chases.

Ghost In The Shell is back on the big screen on September 27, followed by its sequel a week later.

Michael Bay Drives To Cosmic Motors

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:28:57 GMT

Michael Bay Drives To Cosmic Motors

Kyle Ward to adapt Daniel Simon's book

Michael Bay

Whether or not Michael Bay ends up directing Transformers 5, high-concept sci-fi vehicles are clearly still a part of his future. He's currently in the process of setting up Cosmic Motors at Warner Bros., a film based on Daniel Simon's book of lavish concept art. Kyle Ward, who wrote Machete Kills and the new Hitman movie Agent 47, has been tasked with creating the screenplay.{Cosmic Motors Book}

Ward will also need to come up with a narrative on which to hang it, since Cosmic Motors in book form is more about concept than story. Simon has worked as a car designer for Lamborghini and Bugatti, as well as on projects like Tron: Uprising, Captain America: The First Avenger and Oblivion. His book imagines "spaceships, pods, race cars, giant trains, warships and balloons from various planets of the Galaxion system... from concept to completion" via sketches and 3D modelling.

There's already a universe in place: the text alongside the pictures alludes to racing syndicates, organised crime, and disasters happening during test flights, and the images show evironments from streets to swamplands to ice plateaus. There are also potential characters in pilots and inventors like the Redua brothers and the Alfred & Dietmer Engineering Company. Ward has the ingredients: he now has to turn them into something delicious.

There's no director attached yet, but with Bay involved we might infer the potential for some explode-y crash carnage. There's no start date either, but if you want to know more, Cosmic Motors is published by Titan Books.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Stays Atop US Box Office

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:13:26 GMT

Guardians Of The Galaxy Stays Atop US Box Office

As Above, So Below is fourth on a sluggish holiday weekend


This summer is being labelled a disappointment at the American box office, down 15% from last year’s record breaker. Yet there remain some bright spots, including Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, which saw off new competition from a horror movie and Pierce Brosnan back in action, with Rocket Raccoon and the rest handily spending another weekend at the top of the charts.

Guardians, which is now officially the top grossing film in the US domestic charts, added $16.3 million this four-day Labor Day weekend for a $274.6 million running total. It’s also among the top movies worldwide, currently sitting in second after Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes for films still currently on release (Transformers: Age Of Extinction still rules the roost for the year so far.)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles clung to second place, earning $11.7 million this weekend, with YA romance If I Stay sticking around in third for $9.2 million and a $29.82 million total in the States to date. They forced the first of the week’s new arrivals, subterranean thriller As Above, So Below to launch in a disappointing third place, with middling reviews not helping its chances. It made $8.3 million. Jake Johnson/Damon Wayans Jr. comedy Let’s Be Cops continues to be a surprising success, slipping just one place to fifth and adding $8.2 Million for a running total of $57.3 million from a $17 million budget.

Pierce Brosnan couldn’t drum up much excitement with his Bourne-style new action thriller The November Man. Despite the production company already talking up a sequel, the film arrived sixth for $7.6 million. Inspirational drama When The Game Stands Tall fell to seventh with $5.6 million, while The Giver was eighth, taking in $5.2 million. Finally, we have The Hundred-Foot Journey at ninth cooking up $4.6 million and The Expendables 3 sliding rapidly down the charts to 10th for $3.5 million. Sly and co. have earned $33.1 million so far in the US.

To see a group of space-going misfits take on all challengers in the full chart listings, head to Box Office Mojo.

Lars Von Trier Plans The House That Jack Built

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:13:25 GMT

Lars Von Trier Plans The House That Jack Built

The Nymphomaniac director's headed back to TV


It has been 20 years since controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier first haunted television with the spooky supernatural fantasy series The Kingdom, which ran between 1994 and 1997. Now, according to production company TrustNordisk, he has a new idea in the works called The House The Jack Built.

Originally announced by producer Louise Vesh at a Nymphomaniac screening/press conference at the Venice Film Festival (where the writer/director was briefly present, but only via computer screen), the series is being kept a secret for now, but will, according to Vesh, be quite something to see. “I’m happy to announce that the next Lars von Trier project will be a TV series in the English language,” Vesh told the press. “He has a really, really good idea which I cannot tell more about right now. He wants a huge cast and from what I heard I’m sure that it will be something that you have never seen before and you will definitely never see it again.”

TrustNordisk’s statement added that the mysterious series is something von Trier plans to start writing soon and aims to shoot in late 2016. So we’ll have to wait for his latest televisual baby, but if it’s in any way as weird and entertaining as The Kingdom, it’ll be worth it.

Dan Stevens And More Rumoured For Escape From New York Reboot

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:19:00 GMT

Dan Stevens And More Rumoured For Escape From New York Reboot

Charlie Hunnam and Jon Bernthal also on the wishlist


The idea to reboot John Carpenter’s action classic Escape From New York has been rumoured one moment and then shoved back into the realm of myth the next for years now. But Starlog is reporting that Joel Silver’s production company is pushing ahead to make it happen, with a rumoured casting wish list for the new Snake Plissken that includes Dan Stevens, Charlie Hunnam and Jon Bernthal.

This remake has been strolling around the development compound for ages now, snarling at the gatekeepers and crushing cigarette butts beneath its booted feet. Silver, out stumping for Non-Stop earlier this year, likened some of the thinking on the current version to DC video game Arkham City, exploring how Manhattan became the prison we see in Carpenter’s 1981 movie. The idea right now is to feed elements of Snake’s background and the history of New York’s current state into the character via brief glimpses of Snake’s PTSD.

According to Starlog’s sources – which must still be treated as unofficial and therefore firmly in rumour territory – the new treatment has for a long time had more of a team element than ever before, with Snake joined on his endeavours to rescue the stranded US president by Mina, a warzone journalist now living as a scavenger, Cabbie the schizophrenic travel guide (played by Ernest Borgnine in the Carpenter film), Gareth, the last survivor of the President’s security and The Brain, Plissken’s former partner-in-crime (a version of whom cropped up in the original played by Harry Dean Stanton).

Hunnam is reportedly the top choice, though he’s been filling his film plate up recently with the planned Pacific Rim sequel and a potential role in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur adventure, which may make him unavailable. Stevens will, we suspect, move up the list of people's favourites after The Guest arrives and Bernthal, still best known for The Walking Dead, is also a strong contender.

It’s still early days for this take, and none of the details are solid yet. But it appears Silver Pictures is starting to look for a director to tackle what the producer is hoping will kick off a franchise.


The Tick TV Series Could Return

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:03:29 GMT

The Tick TV Series Could Return

Patrick Warburton up for Amazon pilot reboot


It only lasted nine episodes on TV back in 2001 and delivered paltry ratings, but for those who enjoy their comedies on the cult side, The Tick remains a fond memory. Now it appears that the show – including star Patrick Warburton – could get a second chance at life via Amazon.

Originally created by Ben Edlund in 1986 as a newsletter mascot for a comic shop, the character evolved into an indie comic in 1988 before graduating to bigger things with an animated series that ran for three seasons starting in 1994. From there, it spawned the live-action series that featured Warburton as the titular goof, a good-natured parody of superheroes. David Burke played Arthur, his put-upon sidekick, while Liz Vassey was female hero Captain Liberty and Nestor Carbonell was Batmanuel who… look, you can work it out from the name, okay? Despite great reviews, the series was soon shut down even though the character remains hugely popular among those who encountered him.

According to The Wrap – which confirmed a story first floated by People Magazine – Warburton has worked out a deal with rights holders Sony television to produce a pilot for Amazon, which commissions the shows and then puts them on its streaming service to let users vote on which they want to see go to series. People mentions that Edlund will also be back to oversee the show and we can only hope that Burke, Vassey and Carbonell will have the requisite schedule freedom to fill out the cast again. SPOON!

That sound you hear is Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion cowering in anticipation of a thousand questions about whether Firefly could receive the same treatment…

Second Shaun The Sheep Teaser Is Here

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:03:29 GMT

Second Shaun The Sheep Teaser Is Here

He's off to pastures new...

Following the first teaser earlier in the year, here’s a longer and more complete look at footage from Shaun The Sheep’s movie, following the adventurous ovine and his buddies as they hit the nearby metropolis. 

There’s a definite flavour of Wallace and Gromit at the start here, especially given that regular Shaun character Blitzer reminds us strongly of Aardman’s most famous canine.

In this expanded adventure, Shaun and his pals decide to take the day off. That would be fine, except they don’t bother to tell the Farmer where they’re going, causing no end of trouble and leading to the poor, put-upon bloke being carted off to the big city. Shaun and co. must travel to the confusing, chaotic city and help him out.

We’re promised the usual sheep-powered chaos plus a few new characters including animal warden Trumper and Slip, an orphan dog who helps out our heroes. You’ll want to bleat it (sorry, couldn’t resist) to cinemas when Shaun The Sheep arrives on February 6.

Phil Lord And Chris Miller Find The Greatest American Hero

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:03:28 GMT

Phil Lord And Chris Miller Find The Greatest American Hero

Jump Street duo set to launch new TV series


The Greatest American Hero is one of those cult US TV properties that never quite achieved mainstream awareness here in the UK. What better duo, then, to dust off an old telly property and give it a new lease on life than Jump Street writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller?

Yes, the Lego Movie pair is working with 20th Century Fox to develop a new take on the series, which originally ran between 1981 and 1983 and sprang from the prolific brain-factory of producer Stephen J. Cannnell, who created or co-created nearly 40 shows, including The A-Team, The Rockford Files and 21 Jump Street.

The Greatest American Hero starred William Katt as Raph Hinkley, a teacher who comes into possession of an alien suit than affords him superhuman powers. Unfortunately for our hero, he doesn’t quite know how to control it, and his efforts to fight crime are a little hit-and-miss. Check out the opening credits below. 

It really is fertile territory for Lord and Miller, who have retooled the concept to revolve around a teacher named Isaac, who hates wearing the suit and quickly loses the instructions. Then there is the government handler assigned to his case, who has a very different agenda.

The new show has a “put pilot” commitment, which means Fox will have to pay up if the episode doesn’t reach the air. Given the people involved, this one has a better chance than many.

Steve Oram Says Its Walls Were Blood

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:47:57 GMT

Steve Oram Says Its Walls Were Blood

He's part of the cast for the haunted house horror


Steve Oram offered horror and laughs in equal measure as the homicidally angry Chris in Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. For a future film, he’s planning to cut out even the dark comedy and focus solely on the horror, as he’s set to star in Its Walls Were Blood alongside Edward Hogg and Pollyanna McIntosh.

Blood, a title that reads like the worst ever TripAdvisor hotel review, is planned as a portmanteau film with four stories set in the same house. The writer/directors – Sean Hogan, Paul Hyett, Tom Shankland and Paul Davis – will chronicle the haunted residence’s dark history from the 19th century to the present day.

Conner Chapman, Ruth Bradley, Rosie Day, Sam Gittins, Scott Chambers and Belinda Stewart-Wilson make up the rest of the cast for the horror, which should be cranking its cameras later this year.

Oram is also part of the cast for TV series Glue and has worked two other horror films, The Canal and Altar. He’ll also be seen in Mathew Webb biopic The Greatest Englishman, which we’re fairly certain won’t contain much horror besides possibly some greased-up channel English Channel swimming.

First Footage From Pixar's Short Film Lava

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:47:57 GMT

First Footage From Pixar's Short Film Lava

See what happens when a volcano pines for love...

A couple of months ago, director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera brought some footage from Pixar’s next film Inside Out to premiere in Los Angeles. Also included in the presentation was a full look at Lava, the short that will screen before the movie, introduced by director Jim Murphy. The first look at a scene from the short is online over at Yahoo. 

While we’re loath to say too much about the plot (we’d rather that you experience the whole thing for yourself and let the charm wash over you), Lava focuses on Uku, a lonely, three-mile-wide Hawaiian volcano. Yes, you read that right: the romantic lead in the film is a lava-spewing natural formation. The story is told musically, using the singing voice of musician Kuahna Torres Kahele to tell Uku’s tale of longing for love in an ocean where everyone around him – the birds, the dolphins, even the clouds – seems to have found that someone special.

It might seem like a challenge to bring an essentially static character to life, and indeed the animation supervisor-turned-director admits as much. “We struggled with it a lot,” Murphy tells Yahoo. “But I feel like, once we were able to embrace the limitations of it, it unlocked all sorts of possibilities. I love that about animation: You can really make a mountain come alive. You can’t do that in another medium.”

For more from Murphy, head to Yahoo’s site. Lava will hit our screens along with Inside Out on July 24 next year.

Podcast #126: Jon Hamm, Richard Ayoade

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:32:49 GMT

Podcast #126: Jon Hamm, Richard Ayoade

Pick your favourite villain's lair... if you dare

Jon Hamm and Richard Ayoade on The Empire Podcast

After several weeks' of hype, the Richard Ayoade interview you've been waiting for is finally here, accompanied by some Mad Man - you see? Because of the TV show? And humour? - called Jon Hamm, with the former here to talk about The Double's Blu-ray release and the latter discussing Million Dollar Arm's cinema release. And beards.

Elsewhere, the issue issue has its trumpet blown, Doctor Who gets a brief going over, and the villainous lairs of villainous movie villains are given the Location, Location, Location treatment. Why? Because you asked for it.

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New Trailer for Seventh Son

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:38:31 GMT

New Trailer for Seventh Son

Jeff Bridges gets his Gandalf on

We saw the first footage from Seventh Son over a year ago at the 2013 ComicCon. Since then it's had a somewhat leisurely journey to the screen thanks to the divorce proceedings between Warner Bros. and Legendary. But having now settled into its new Universal custody, here's a celebratory new trailer for the fantasy adventure. Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes and Alicia Vikander star, and the director is Sergei Bodrov.

The film is an adaptation of The Spook's Apprentice, the first of Joseph Delaney's best-selling kids series The Wardstone Chronicles. Barnes plays seventh-son-of-a-seventh-son Tom, Luke Skywalker to Bridges' Ben Kenobi, learning the ropes of witch-hunting and coming to terms with his supernatural abilities. Their first major adversary is Moore's Mother Malkin, although it's not the first time Gregory has encountered her: he buried her in a pit covered with magic-countering iron bars years before (that kind of half-arsed temporary solution never turns out well). Vikander's role is Malkin's daughter Alice, who may or may not be a chip off the old block. 

"We live in a world now where legend and nightmare are real," intones Bridges. We can't see whether he says it with a straight face because, for trailer purposes at least, it's a voiceover. Expect some guff genre dialogue then, but also be prepared for some decent action around all the CG beasties: Bodrov previously directed Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan, and knows his way around a swordfight.

The excellent cast also includes Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue and Jason Scott Lee. Seventh Son finally arrives in the UK on February 6 next year.

First Poster For Kill Me Three Times

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:19:39 GMT

First Poster For Kill Me Three Times

Simon Pegg has the killer instinct

We’ve seen Simon Pegg kill a lot of people on screen – but those were largely zombies or villains. For comic thriller Kill Me Three Times, he’ll play a more morally dubious type. The first poster for the film has arrived, complete with a smoking gun. Sorry, smoking matchbook. 


Pegg plays Charlie Wolfe, a mercurial assassin hired to take out a beautiful woman (Alice Braga) in a sun-baked surfing town. But he soon discovers that he’s not the only person trying to kill her and he’s quickly entangled in three strange tales of murder, blackmail and revenge. 

There’s Sullivan Stapleton as a gambling addict who is looking to score a hefty pay-out to settle his debts through a risky life insurance scam, Teresa Palmer as a Lady Macbeth type scheming her way through a small town, Callan Mulvey as a jealous beach club owner, Luke Hemsworth as a surfer fighting for the woman he loves and Bryan Brown as a corrupt cop with a thing for bribes.

With Kriv Stenders calling the shots from James McFarland’s script, Kill Me Three Times is set to premiere next month at the Toronto Film Festival, where it’ll be looking to score some worldwide distribution support.

New Foxcatcher Trailer Arrives

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:19:39 GMT

New Foxcatcher Trailer Arrives

The true-life drama has a new promo

Following rave reviews and early awards buzz at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s latest, Foxcatcher is headed towards cinemas, bringing another compelling blend of real-life sports drama and complicated characters. The brief new trailer has landed and can be seen below. 

Foxcatcher, written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, tells the gripping, real-life story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). They’re invited to launch a wrestling academy funded by the eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune.

Though it seems like a great opportunity, things turn darkly tragic when the paranoid schizophrenic du Pont lashes out. This latest teaser offers a glimpse into the darker, more driven heart of du Pont, and gives a clearer indication of just how different a performance this is from Carell.

With Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall helping fill out the cast, Foxcatcher arrives in the US on November 14 and will make it to the UK on January 9 next year.

First Footage From Lava

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:04:10 GMT

First Footage From Lava

Pixar's latest short

A couple of months ago, director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera brought some footage from Pixar’s next film Inside Out to premiere in Los Angeles. Also included in the presentation was a full look at Lava, the short that will screen before the movie, introduced by director Jim Murphy. The first look at a scene from the short is online via Yahoo. 

While we’re loathe to say too much about the plot (we’d much rather you experience the whole thing for yourself and let the charm wash over you), Lava focuses on Uku, a lonely, three-mile-wide Hawaiian volcano. Yes, you read that right: the romantic lead in the film is a lava-spewing natural formation. The story is told musically, using the singing voice of musician Kuahna Torres Kahele to tell Uku’s tale of longing for love in an ocean where everyone around him – the birds, the dolphins, even the clouds – seems to have found that someone special.

It might seem like a challenge to bring an essentially static character to life, and indeed the animation supervisor-turned-director admits as much. “We struggled with it a lot,” Murphy tells Yahoo. “But I feel like, once we were able to embrace the limitations of it, it unlocked all sorts of possibilities. I love that about animation: You can really make a mountain come alive. You can’t do that in another medium.” For more from Murphy, head to Yahoo’s site.

Lava will hit our screens along with Inside Out on July 24 next year.

The Rewrite Trailer Arrives

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:48:50 GMT

The Rewrite Trailer Arrives

Hugh Grant's going back to school. As a teacher...

Hugh Grant and director Marc Lawrence have worked together three times before in the past, and it appears they’re channelling at least one of their previous projects, Music And Lyrics, for new rom-com The Rewrite. Check out what we mean by watching the first trailer for the film below.

Grant swaps being a songwriter for a screenwriter in this one. He’s Keith Michaels, a man who once ruled the world in Hollywood with awards aplenty, a hit film on his resume and a beautiful wife. But cut to 15 years later and he’s divorced, broke, depressed and hasn’t written a successful film in ages.

When his agent suggests he take a job as a screenwriting teacher at a small town university, he initially scoffs at the idea before realising he needs a paying job – any job. Grouchily taking the gig because he thinks it’ll be a chance to keep the lights on and potentially research a new script, he’s also delighted to see he can select his students, and starts loading up his class with attractive young women.

Yet even as he rubs the rest of the faculty the wrong way, he finds an unexpected bond with Holly (Marisa Tomei), a single mother working two jobs to pay for her education, and he realises he’s been looking for connection in all the wrong places.

Yes, it doesn’t look like there are too many surprises here, but Grant gets to be grouchy and he’s surrounded by a good cast that includes Allison Janney J.K. Simmons, Chris Elliott and Bella Heathcote. The Rewrite has flown somewhat under the radar so far and is set to arrive here on October 10. We can only hope there's a comedy moment as golden as Music And Lyrics' Pop! Goes My Heart.

Rosewater Trailer Hits The Web

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:33:18 GMT

Rosewater Trailer Hits The Web

Gael Garcia Bernal runs into trouble in Iran

Usually found cracking wise and dishing out snark about American politics from behind his desk at The Daily Show, Jon Stewart took a sabbatical last summer to film his directorial debut, Rosewater, which he adapted from Maziar Bahari’s best-selling memoir. The trailer for the film is now online courtesy of Apple.

Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Bahari, a Tehran-born journalist who has settled outside of his home country, gotten married and is eagerly awaiting the birth of his first child. In June 2009, he accepts an assignment to return to Iran and interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the upcoming elections.

With vote rigging rife and protests rising against the corrupt regime, Bahari is initially hesitant to get involved, but shoots footage of street rioting for the BBC. He’s arrested and spends 118 days being interrogated and tortured by a man who identifies himself as “Rosewater”.

As Bahari’s wife and the international media lead a campaign to secure his freedom, he’s offered the chance for release on bail if he promises to spy for the government…

Rosewater is set for release in the US on November 7, but doesn’t yet have a UK date.

Exclusive New Poster For '71

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:52:10 GMT

Exclusive New Poster For '71

There may be Troubles ahead

Set over one terrifying night during a pivotal period of the Troubles, '71 is a thriller that will make your nerves audibly jangle and even your popcorn break out in a light sweat. It stars man-of-moment Jack O'Connell in another life-and-death military turn to add to his work in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken. This time, he's a British soldier left to fend for himself in territory that, as the film's new poster suggest, is hardly rolling out the red carpet for squaddies. {'71 Poster} O'Connell is Gary Hook, a newbie infantryman who is separated from his comrades when a raid goes horribly wrong. Like Carol Reed's Odd Man Out in reverse, Hook is left to negotiate a deadly rabbit warren of alleys, houses and darkened streets as he seeks to evade the IRA men hunting him down. But will he make it through the night? Frankly, we don't know, but we're strapping in for the ride.

TV director Yann Demange, of Top Boy and Criminal Justice, is the man cranking as much tension as humanly possible from Gregory Burke's screenplay. The Scottish writer is no stranger to this kind of terrain - his play Black Watch tackled the titular regiment's travails in Iraq - and the early buzz on his first film script is equally positive.

Belfast native David Holmes, a man who remembers this fraught period in his city's history first hand, has provided the score, while Under The Skin production designer Chris Oddy is responsible for recreating the nightmarish cityscape that would give even Snake Plissken the collywobbles.

'71 arrives in UK cinemas on October 10.


Exclusive First Look At Marco Polo

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:02:05 GMT

Exclusive First Look At Marco Polo

Marco? Polo!

Explorer, trader and inventor of swimming pool and hide-and-seek games, Italian adventurer Marco Polo is the subject of a new TV miniseries that charts his 13th century exploits. The show lands on Netflix on December 12, and, like a merchant laying their spicy wares at our feet, it has some first-look stills revealing the Oriental treasures in store. Click on the photos for a closer look. {Marco Polo Stills} The Venetian, whose permanent gap year took him as far as China and was recounted in his epic travelogue The Travels Of Marco Polo, is played by newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy. The ten-part series, produced for the on-demand service by Harvey Weinstein and company, will see his traveller discovering that the intriguing and betrayals of Kublai Khan’s court is even more fiddly to negotiate than whatever A-road connects Venice with Ancient Mongolia.

Joining Richelmy are Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas’s Megan Sixsmith) as alluring siren Kokachin, Benedict Wong as Khan and Twin Peaks’ Joan Chen as his empress.

Kon-Tiki co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have directed the first two episodes from scripts penned by show creator John Fusco. His previous screenplays for Young Guns, Young Guns II, Thunderheart and Hidalgo, among others, have had a distinct Western flavour. Marco Polo's December air date is the time to find out whether he's translated any of that into a genre-mash of yak stampedes and Mongolian stand-offs.

Anthony Russo Talks Captain America 3

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:31:17 GMT

Anthony Russo Talks Captain America 3

The Winter Soldier will return...

While it's no surprise, given the hanging plot threads and post-credits teasing, that Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes might continue to be a presence in Captain America 3, co-director Anthony Russo has once more confirmed his immediately ongoing presence. He's also provided some musings on the issues that are currently energising the production team.

"Is the Winter Soldier the world’s most dangerous assassin that’s ever lived or the world’s longest serving P.O.W.?” Russo asked MTV. “Is he responsible for his actions since he was turned into the Winter Soldier, or is he innocent by reason of insanity? Where does this character live now? Is he ever going to be acceptable again to Cap in the way he once was, before he was the Winter Soldier? Those are the really complicated relationship questions and philosophical questions and emotional questions that intrigued us moving forward.”

Plot specifics are, unsurprisingly, unforthcoming at the moment, so it's unclear how big a part those issues will play in the threequel. But they are, Russo says, "definitely one layer". He won't be drawn on Jeremy Renner's recent teasing that Hawkeye might be significantly involved, but tells movies.com "We just got another incredible draft from the writers [Christopher Marcus and Stephen McFeely, as last time] and are very excited about the film. I can't divulge who is going to be in it, but I think the fans are going to freak out when they hear about it."

Captain America 3 - subtitle to be added later - apparently picks up a couple of years after the most recent film, giving Steve Rogers time to reunite with his Avengers pals and battle Ultron, and Anthony and Joe Russo the opportunity to bring Agent Carter to TV. We'll see Hayley Atwell's spy first in January 2015, followed by Avengers: Age Of Ultron on April 24. Cap 3 arrives on May 6, 2016.


Scorsese Attached To Ramones Biopic?

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:13:43 GMT

Scorsese Attached To Ramones Biopic?

Martin is a punk rocker

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of seminal New York punk rockers The Ramones, and in another two years it'll be the 40th anniversary of their first album. There is, as you might expect, considerable activity beginning to bubble in the form of planned Ramones celebrations, not least of which, according to Billboard, is a biopic that Martin Scorsese may be attached to direct.

Billboard drop the information almost casually into a larger piece about last weekend's Johnny Ramone tribute at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, attended by Guns N'Roses' Duff McKagen and The Clash's Steve Jones, and hosted by Rob Zombie. There are no further details, but The Wrap have since chimed in with their own unnamed source confirming Scorsese's interest in the film.

There's no writer involved yet, and development is only at its earliest stages, but if the Scorsese intel isn't exactly solid, it's certainly plausible. The director's enthusiasm for the music of that era is evident in many of his soundtracks, and his early films like Mean Streets and Taxi Driver take place almost exactly where the Ramones were belting out their nascent gabba-gabba-hey.

Sadly, none of the original Ramones are still with us: drummer Tommy died in July, and singer Joey, guitarist Johnny and bass player Dee Dee all passed away between 2001 and 2004. The estate was split for a while between Johnny's wife Linda and Joey's brother Mickey, with disagreements between the two stymieing any future projects for a while.

Those differences, whatever they were, have now been ironed out, and a documentary, theatrical play, book and album remasters are all in the works along with the feature film. If Scorsese is involved as a director rather than just a producer, he certainly won't get to the Ramones at least until he's done with Silence, starring Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe and Andrew Garfield and due into production early next year. He might be cutting it fine for the 40th celebrations then, but it sounds as if there'll be plenty to keep us distracted if he's late to the party.

Steve Carell Attached To Acme Film For Warners

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:11:49 GMT

Steve Carell Attached To Acme Film For Warners

Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are writing the Looney Tunes spin-off


With Warner Bros. still trying to bring the Looney Tunes crew back to cinemas in some fashion, it appears the current project has evolved considerably. In development since at least 2010, the film now seems focused on the Acme Company seen most often in the Road Runner cartoons, has Steve Carell attached to star and X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz on board to crank out the script.

Unless this is somehow a divergent movie from the one we last checked in on back in 2012 – when Saturday Night Live veteran Jenny Slate was hired to write a script for a story that appeared more closely focused on the actual Looney Tunes team a la 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back In Action – the drive here is to create something that blends CG and live-action but instead explores the Acme factory and its products.

How Carell fits into that, and indeed what the actual plot will be, is being kept quiet, but The Hollywood Reporter also brings word that Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in negotiations to call the shots, a move that would reunite them with the actor. Regular Warners producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin are overseeing development, crossing their fingers that they can achieve something along the lines of The Lego Movie in terms of popularity, and kick off a franchise. We’ll see if this one creeps any closer to becoming a reality now it has a new creative team falling into place.