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Ethan Hawke to star as jazz legend Chet Baker

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:38:00 GMT

Ethan Hawke is adding an interesting role to his filmography - he’s starring as jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in a biopic that has just started shooting in Canada.

Hawke has worked closely on the development of the project, which could put him in line for awards chatter, given how biopics tend to fare at when it comes to trophies being distributed. And Baker had quite the colourful life…

As well as being a groundbreaking musician, Baker had troubles with drug addiction, and spent time in jail. Hawke’s had a strong run of roles of late, having starred in one of 2014’s best films, Boyhood, as well as scoring recent genre hits with the likes of The Purge and Sinister.

Born To Be Blue, as it’s titled, is written and directed by Robert Budreau, and we’d expect to see it open in 2015.

Cold In July VHS design competition: winner revealed!

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:07:00 GMT

To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of ‘80s influenced thriller Cold In July, we asked Total Film readers to send in their own designs for a VHS version of the film.

There were some brilliant entries, and director Jim Mickle pored over them to pick the overall winner.

Congratulations to David Cottam, who was selected as the winner, and well done to all the entrants who took part (check out the hall of fame for the best entries below).

This is what Jim Mickle had to say about choosing a winner: “This was a tough decision – it was really fun to see all of the entries but my favourite is the one submitted by David Cottam, which has a huge silhouette of Michael C. Hall running from the train. I thought his design incorporated good old fashioned ‘80s simplicity, which is the reason why I selected him as the winner.”

David takes home a limited edition VHS-themed Cold In July steelbook (above) for his troubles.

Check out David’s entry, and the runners up, below.

Cold In July is out now on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand.

Winning entry, by David Cottam



by Joshua Enell



By Nicolas Florian



By Craig Thomson



by Salomon Marttila



By Henning Friis



Reminder: Total Film’s Online News, Interviews And Features Are Moving

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:19:00 GMT

By now there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the big changes afoot at TotalFilm.com and SFX.co.uk. In case you haven’t here’s the headline news: we’re moving to the rather excellent GamesRadar.com from the middle of November.

In fact, some of SFX's TV reviews are already live on GamesRadar right now! Why don’t you take a gander at their latest Doctor Who review to see what the future of SFX online looks like?

TotalFilm.com is a site that we’re immensely proud of. But the internet is evolving a lot faster than our creaky old platform could keep up with, and we believe that GamesRadar will offer a much nicer reading experience for you lot. GamesRadar’s nifty, scalable mobile site will make visiting TF on your phone or tablet better than ever.

The rest of our mighty content will benefit from the move to GamesRadar too. Daily news and irreverent, informative features have been the cornerstones of TotalFilm.com, and that won’t change when we take up residence in GamesRadar’s TV and Film channel.  But our gallery features will look amazing on the new platform, and they work much better across a range of devices. Plus by combining forces with SFX you can expect loads more content to go up throughout the week.

We realise it’s going to take some getting used to, but aside from a slightly different URL and a new look not a whole lot is actually changing. We really hope you’ll join us, and please do let us have your feedback.

PS. Total Film and SFX print and digital magazines remain completely unaffected by the changes online. Look out for Total Film 226 (a massive Middle-earth special) and  SFX 254, in shops and on your iPad now!

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Warner seeking female director for Wonder Woman

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:47:00 GMT

It's all about the capes and spandex over at Warner Bros. at the moment, in the wake of the studio's unveiling of its 10-movie slate of DC adaptations.

THR has published a summary of Warner's superhero plans, and has dropped an interesting tidbit in relation to the Wonder Woman solo movie, starring Gal Gadot.

According to the report, the studio is keen to appoint a female director to that particular project, which would be a welcome breath of fresh air in a traditionally male-dominated genre.

Potential candidates for the project? Well it's all guesswork at this stage, but we'd love to see Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones alumnus Michelle MacLaren make the step up from small screen to silver…

Wonder Woman
is set to open in the US on 23 June 2017, with a UK date yet to be confirmed.

First teaser trailer lands for Insidious: Chapter 3: watch now

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:18:00 GMT

The first teaser trailer has arrived online for Insidious: Chapter 3, the new prequel in the popular horror franchise, and very unsettling it is too…

The new film is set long before the haunting of the Lambert family, and follows Stefanie Scott’s luckless teen, who appears to be being targeted by a malicious supernatural force.

This first trailer is built around a single bedroom-based set-piece, and manages to wring out some considerable tension before delivering its pay-off.

Take a look, below…

The new film is written and directed by series creator Leigh Whannell and looks to be as jumpy a ride as its two predecessors, as things continue to go bump in the night…

Co-starring Dermot Mulroney, Lin Shaye and Angus Sampson, Insidious: Chapter 3 will open in the UK on 29 May 2015.

Aaron Sorkin confirms Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:58:00 GMT

Aaron Sorkin has officially confirmed that Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle’s forthcoming biopic, telling Bloomberg TV that the production has snared the best man for the job.

“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” says Sorkin. “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.”

And according to Sorkin, his script will give Bale plenty to get his teeth into, with the film to be spread across three mammoth scenes, each set before the launch of a major Apple product.

“He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined,” says Sorkin. “There isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in. So it’s an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it.”

Jobs is currently in pre-production, with no official release date confirmed as yet.

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sebastian Stan join The Martian

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:43:00 GMT

The Martian continues to collect A-list talent for its ever-growing ensemble, with Deadline reporting that Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sebastian Stan have signed on to join the production.

The new film will star Matt Damon as an astronaut who finds himself marooned on Mars after his crew believe him to have died while out on the planet’s surface.

According to the report, Ejiofor will play Venkat Kapoor, the Director of the mission to Mars, while Stan’s role remains unconfirmed.

Producer Simon Kinberg is suitably enthused about the casting, telling EW that, “this is one of those movies that’s had a blessed life… every actor is doing it for significantly less than their normal fee. It’s a real labour of love.”

Directed by Scott and co-starring Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Michael Peña, Kate Mara and Sean Bean, The Martian will open in the UK on 27 November 2015.

Adam McKay teases secret Marvel project

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:14:00 GMT

Adam McKay has been discussing his upcoming slate, and has hinted at a potential directorial gig with Marvel at some point down the track…

Crave put the question to McKay as to whether he had anything new on the horizon, and the director has raised eyebrows by dropping Marvel straight into the equation.

“I’m starting to get into the early stages with Marvel,” says McKay. “There’s plenty of fun stuff and our company always has tons of things so we have a couple movies coming out this year.”

“I just did a big rewrite on Ant-Man  with Paul Rudd and had such a great time working with them that we’re kicking around ideas. But yeah, maybe I would take on one of the characters.”

“We haven’t locked in anything,” he continues, “but discussions are definitely going on.” Intriguing. In the meantime, Ant-Man will open in UK cinemas on 17 July 2015.

James Spader discusses playing Ultron in Avengers 2

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:05:00 GMT

Avengers: Age Of Ultron star James Spader has spoken exclusively with Total Film about playing Marvel uber villain Ultron. 

"There's a humerous aspect to him, which is something that drew me in from the very first conversation I had with Joss [Whedon]," Spader revealed. "In many ways he's a child, this character, because he's a brand new being who's just come to be. And yet, through artificial intelligence, he has an incredible capacity for knowledge. So he's a very powerful, smart child."

Currently starring as a former government agent, turned criminal, in Sky Living show The Blacklist, Spader drew fundamental differences between the morally ambivalent Red and the Avengers big bad. "Ultron takes abrupt turns in scenes." He explained. "Red isn't pyschopathic but Ultron is. Yes, he is psychopathic. He's really batshit crazy!"

The first trailer for Avengers: Age Of Ultron hit earlier today featuring a deranged voiceover from Mr Spader which begins, "I'm going to show you something beautiful - everyone screaming for mercy..." before a sinister restyling of the Pinocchio tune "I've got no strings" kicks in. 

Directed by Whedon ("Besides being just a lovely person, his directions are very precise" Spader describes) and starring Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo, Avengers: Age Of Ultron will smash into cinemas on 24 April.

Read the full interview with James Spader in the latest issue of Total Film, on sale Friday 24th October. 



Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp star in new Into The Woods images

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:19:00 GMT

A new batch of images have arrived online from Disney’s Into The Woods, giving us a good look at the A-list cast in all its fairytale glory.

First of all, there’s Anna Kendrick looking resplendent as Cinderella, while Chris Pine cuts a dash as a horse-riding Prince Charming.

Then there’s Johnny Depp’s Big Bad Wolf, who appears to be sporting a very sober outfit, as opposed to any sort of elaborate costume or CGI trickery. Not that Depp isn’t convinced he will be a visually arresting character when we finally get to see him in action…

“Rob Marshall wasn’t afraid to let me take the role to a level of heightened reality,” says Depp to EW, “almost cartoon-like, where one second the Wolf is here, and then, boom, suddenly he’s over there.”

Directed by Marshall and co-starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and James Corden, Into The Woods will open in the UK on 9 January 2015.

First trailer for The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death: watch now

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:01:00 GMT

The first trailer has arrived online for horror sequel The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death, in which the luckless Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox descend upon Eel Marsh House…

Having stood empty for years following the events of the first film, the terrifying house is now a shelter for evacuee children spirited away from London during the Second World War.

However, they might have wished they’d taken their chances with the bombs, as Eel Marsh House isn’t the friendliest place for frightened little children.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

Based on the novel penned by original author Susan Hill, this looks a suitably chilling follow-up to the original film, which was certainly effective enough, if a little over-reliant on jump-scares…

Directed by Tom Harper and co-starring Helen McCrory, Ned Dennehy and Adrian Rawlins, The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death will open in the UK on 1 January 2015.

First official trailer debuts for Avengers: Age Of Ultron: watch now

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:43:00 GMT

Earlier than expected, the first official trailer has arrived online for Avengers: Age Of Ultron, in which our heroes line up for battle against the titular robotic foe.

The trailer kicks off in similar style to the Avengers: Assemble trailer, with Loki’s “you were made to be ruled” speech replaced by the unnervingly mechanical tones of James Spader’s Ultron.

There’s a huge amount to absorb following that, but watch out for Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armour, Cap’s broken shield, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and lots, lots more…

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

Loki aside, Marvel movies have occasionally struggled for the lack of a truly arresting villain, but in Ultron, it looks as though the Avengers will be facing a genuinely satisfying foe. Roll on 2015…

Directed by Joss Whedon and co-starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans et al, Avengers: Age Of Ultron will open in the UK on 24 April 2015.

John Goodman tells Mark Wahlberg how it is in new red-band trailer for The Gambler

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:36:00 GMT

A new red-band trailer has landed online for The Gambler, in which John Goodman dispenses some words of wisdom in Mark Wahlberg’s direction.

Wahlberg plays a college lecturer with a high-stake gambling problem, who happens to have got himself in deep with Michael K. Williams’ gangster.

With his life on the line, the only option as he sees it is to gamble his way back into profit, attempting to play Williams off against the operator of a prominent betting ring…

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

More F-bombs than your average trailer then, but all of them craftily employed to set the tone of Rupert Wyatt’s slick-looking thriller…

Co-starring Jessica Lange, Brie Larson and Alvin Ing, The Gambler will open in the UK on 1 May 2015.

Ed Norton discusses decision not to play Hulk in The Avengers

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:04:00 GMT

Ed Norton has been discussing his decision to turn down the opportunity to play the Hulk in The Avengers, and while not playing down the significance of his call, doesn’t express any regrets whatsoever.

“My feeling was that I experimented and experienced what I wanted to,” said Norton to NPR, when discussing his initial turn as Bruce Banner.

“I really, really enjoyed it. And yet, I looked at the balance of time in life that one spends not only making those sorts of films but then especially putting them out, and the obligations that rightly come with that.” 

“There were just a lot of things… I wanted more diversity. I sort of chose to continue on my path of having a diversity of experiences. Maybe on some unconscious level, I didn’t want to have an association with one thing in any way degrade my effectiveness as an actor, in characters.”

“I think you can sort of do anything once, but if you do it too many times, it can become a suit that’s hard to take off, in other peoples’ eyes. And if I had continued on with it, I wouldn’t have made Moonrise Kingdom, or Grand Budapest, or Birdman, because those all overlapped with [Avengers].”

“And those were more the priority for me, but I continue to be a fan and I’m really, really happy I got to do it once.”

All of which sounds fair enough really, even if Norton’s agent might think differently...

New John Carter films planned as Disney loses rights

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:05:00 GMT

Disney no longer owns the rights to the John Carter franchise, with Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. now planning to make more movies.

Disney spent many years attempting to bring an adaptation of the sci-fi saga to the big screen, only for the eventual film to fall flat with both critics and punters alike.

However, fans of the series will be gladdened to hear that further movie outings are on the agenda, with The Playlist reporting that Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. is actively looking for production partners…

“We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote,” reads an official statement from the company. “This adventure never stops.”

“Along with a new Tarzan film in development by Warner Bros., we hope to have John Carter Of Mars become another major franchise to entertain worldwide audiences of all ages.”

Paul Reubens says new Pee-wee Herman movie is “imminent”

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:51:00 GMT

Paul Reubens has been talking about the long-awaited next installment in the Pee-wee Herman series, and says that the new movie will soon be on the way…

“There’s going to be a big announcement any minute now,” Reubens told Rolling Stone. “Yes. It’s been months and months of being right on the verge of being announced.”

“I thought something was going to go public yesterday, actually, and that you’d be the first person I’d be talking about this with. But I’m thinking there will be something made public very soon. It’s going to get made shortly after the new year.”

“I wish I could tell you about it right now, because… I mean, it’s amazing. It’s going to be amazing. It think it first got leaked four years ago or so that the movie was going to be made, and ever since then it’s just been stalling and stalling. So I’m really ready for this to happen. But I’m not kidding. It’s very imminent.”

Reubens certainly sounds enthused about the project, although stopped short of confirming whether the new film will still be using Judd Apatow’s script, or if Tim Burton will be returning. Watch this space…

Billy Bob Thornton says Bad Santa 2 won’t be as good as the original

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:39:00 GMT

Billy Bob Thornton has been speaking about forthcoming sequel Bad Santa 2 to THR, and despite looking forward to the project, is refreshingly frank about how it will measure up to the original…

“We’re just waiting for a script, ya know?” says Thornton. “We’re never gonna beat the first one, but you got to get as close as you can. You just can’t go and do it halfway so we’re waiting for something that’s close enough.”

“It’ll do real well, I imagine, and people will say, ‘Well, it wasn’t as good as the first one’ and we’ll say, ‘Yeah, we knew it wouldn’t be’, but I think it should be fun and I think people who liked [the first one] will enjoy it and hopefully we’ll get it off.”

All of which is a thoroughly refreshing approach to what could have been regarded as a fairly cynical exercise! Bravo Billy Bob…

The sequel has yet to be given an official release date, with director Doug Ellin currently occupied with the Entourage movie. Expect an update on this in due course…

Charlie Cox says Daredevil is Marvel’s darkest project yet

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:05:00 GMT

Charlie Cox has been discussing what we can expect from Marvel’s new Daredevil TV show, telling Heat Vision it is the darkest thing the studio has done so far.

“I’ve read comics after comics after comics,” says Cox of his preparation for the role. “I’ve never read so many comics in my life, and we’re finding moments from the comics to reference in the show.”

“We’re trying to make a show that’s new,” he continues, “and much, much darker than anything I’ve ever seen Marvel do before.”

And as for what makes the show so dark, Cox says it is the nature of Daredevil himself, who will be presented as a relentless, obsessive character.

“The concept that he can’t stop,” says Cox, when asked what makes his character unnerving. “He’s going out and he’s taking the law into his own hands, and he doesn’t know if he can stop. He might be addicted to it.”

Co-starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Rosario Dawson and Scott Glenn, Daredevil will air on Netflix in 2015, with a specific release date to be confirmed.

New TV spot arrives for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: watch now

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:41:00 GMT

A new TV spot has landed online for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, featuring some brand new footage, as Katniss carries the fight to the Capitol.

The new film finds the stakes rising ever higher for Katniss, as she finds herself going toe to toe with President Snow's repressive regime.

However, as this new spot demonstrates, she remains a force to be reckoned with, with some powerful new allies in the form of ex-President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and former Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

Take a look at the new spot, below…

While the Games sequences from previous films were action-packed, this latest instalment in the series looks to be on a whole different level. All out war is on the way…

Directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will open in the UK on 21 November 2014.

James Gunn teases “new additions” in Guardians Of The Galaxy 2

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:20:00 GMT

James Gunn has been speaking to Variety about his intentions for Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, with the director already sounding excited by the plans he has up his sleeve…

“It’s going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes,” joked Gunn. “In really horribly, brutal fashion.”

He then went on to confirm that all five of the original Guardians would indeed be returning for round two, while revealing that there will also be some new team members along for the ride.

“I spent all day on 1 August, the day the first movie was released, writing Guardians 2,” continues Gunn. “I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story.”

However, Gunn did confirm that despite his characters’ abilities to travel to far-flung galaxies, there will be no Star Wars crossover on the horizon. “Star Wars was a long time ago,” says Gunn. “It would have to be time travel.”

Warner moves The Conjuring 2 to 2016

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:03:00 GMT

Warner has delayed The Conjuring 2 until 2016, pushing it back from its initial Halloween 2015 release slot to make room for a currently untitled horror project.

The studio has previously been remarkably bullish regarding the series, having begun development on a sequel before the first film had even been released, only to see that confidence rewarded by a $300 million take worldwide.

That first film was followed by recent spin-off, Annabelle, which has also performed extremely strongly, hitting $166 million worldwide in its first few weeks of release.

Perhaps Warner are now wary of franchise fatigue, because there will now be a two year wait before Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return for the first sequel proper.

speculates that the replacement film could either be Crawlspace, in which Michael Vartan plays a widower moving into a creepy new home, or Superstition, a new Blumhouse production that also sees a young family move into a haunted house.

Eli Roth will executive produce Cabin Fever remake

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:46:00 GMT

Eli Roth’s debut movie, Cabin Fever, is set to be remade, with the new version of the film set to take the unusual decision to use the same script as the original.

Roth wrote the original scare-fest in tandem with Randy Pearlstein, and according to Deadline, the new film will be a kind of “re-staging”, with director Travis Zariwny charged with creating something new from the exact same source material.

Roth will be returning as an executive producer, and explains why a new screenwriter has not been hired to freshen things up…

“Travis had an amazing vision for my original script, and as a scary movie fan I really wanted to see it,” says Roth. “I almost see this like re-staging a play.”

“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.”

Starring Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario and Dustin Ingram, Cabin Fever will begin filming this week, with an official release date yet to be confirmed.

Miles Teller talks “surprises” in The Fantastic Four

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT

Miles Teller has been discussing the forthcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four with MTV, and promises fans that they are going to see a different version of the franchise than was last seen in cinemas…

“I think we’re going to surprise people for sure,” says Teller, “because it’s completely different from the ones that came out a couple years ago.”

And while the pressure of tackling such a beloved franchise might be intimidating for some, Teller seems to be taking it all in his stride…

“If you’re making a movie for the fans, you’re kind of missing it,” says the star. “I think you have to do it for yourself, and kind of [tell] the story you want to tell, and then hope people kind of gravitate towards it.”

Directed by Josh Trank and co-starring Jamie Bell, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan, The Fantastic Four will open in the UK on 6 August 2015.

In the meantime, you can check out the full interview below…

Hasbro confirms My Little Pony movie

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:45:00 GMT

Hasbro has announced its latest big-screen nostalgia fest will be a brand new adaptation of My Little Pony, with Variety reporting the animated film is set to arrive in 2017.

The colourful characters, who first made their bow as toys back in 1983, have already appeared in four animated series, but this will be the first time they have been brought to the big screen.

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift
’s Joe Ballarini is reportedly on board to pen the script, with the film set to be released through Habro’s new label, Allspark Pictures.

Nothing has been confirmed in terms of plot details, although the film may well be linked to recent series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, which was an unexpected smash when it hit the small screen back in 2010.

Hopefully Hasbro will enjoy better success than met its last big-screen release, the disastrous Battleship back in 2012. Ponies are cuddlier than aliens after all…