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The Empire Podcast #107: Lukas Moodysson, Marc Webb, Avi Arad

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:18:41 GMT

The Empire Podcast #107: Lukas Moodysson, Marc Webb, Avi Arad

Let's go Easter Egg hunting!

Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

It's Easter weekend, and you need a podcast. Well, congratulations, because you've come to the right place: a URL on the internet that allows you to download one. The Empire Podcast. That one.

This week there's Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb, as well as Amazing Spider-Man 2 producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad, not forgetting Sweden's very own Lukas Moodysson, here to talk about his latest, We Are The Best, on top of your usual dose of movie news and nonsense.

Look forward to discussions on how to survive the zombie apocalypse, which films would actualy make you walk out of a cinema and the thorny issue of X-Men credit stings at the end of Spidey movies.

P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally.








Podcast 107: Lukas Moodysson, Marc Webb, Avi Arad

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:16:37 GMT

Podcast 107: Lukas Moodysson, Marc Webb, Avi Arad

Let's go Easter Egg hunting!

It's Easter weekend, and you need a podcast. Well, congratulations, because you've come to the right place: a URL on the internet that allows you to download one. The Empire Podcast. That one.

This week there's Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb, as well as Amazing Spider-Man 2 producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad, not forgetting Sweden's very own Lukas Moodysson, here to talk about his latest, We Are The Best, on top of your usual dose of movie news and nonsense.

Look forward to discussions on how to survive the zombie apocalypse, which films would actualy make you walk out of a cinema and the thorny issue of X-Men credit stings at the end of Spidey movies.

P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally.


Chris Pine May Clock In For The Finest Hours

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:18:43 GMT

Chris Pine May Clock In For The Finest Hours

Craig Gillespie is in talks to direct the coast guard drama

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Though his last stab at screen heroism, Jack Ryan, didn’t exactly set the box office alight, Chris Pine has had better luck at the helm of a ship, even if it is one that traverses between the stars and not across the ocean. He may be hoping for similar success with a real-life naval tale, The Finest Hours.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pine is in talks to star in the film, which is drawn from the true story of two oil tankers being caught in massive Nor’easter storm off the New England coast in 1952. The ships split in two and their crews were thrown into the raging seas. The coast guard was called out and had to attempt a rescue in the tempestuous waves. Though his role isn’t specified, Pine would likely be leading the Guard crew.

Fright Night director Craig Gillespie is in talks to call the shots on this one, which was originally developed by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, adapting Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’ book. Robert Schwentke had been attached to make the film, but he was lured away by the job of directing Divergent sequel Insurgent.

Pine has a few film roles in the can, including Z For Zachariah, comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 and Rob Marshall’s new musical, Into The Woods.








Spielberg Plans The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:18:42 GMT

Spielberg Plans The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

Yet another potential directing job

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Fear not, Spielbergers. The man behind Lincoln, Jurassic Park and so many famous films is not planning to snatch someone from the street and incur the wrath of Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills. Instead, The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara is yet another potential project for him to direct.

There’s every chance the script will spend time cooling its heels in Spielberg’s development pile, though, and it’s still in an embryonic form. If he does decide to take it on, Mortara would see a reunion between the director and his Munich/Lincoln collaborator, Tony Kushner. The writer is adapting David Kertzer’s novel, which charts the true story of a seven-year-old Italian Jew thrust into controversy in 1858 when he was taken from his parents and raised as a Catholic by authorities of the Papacy. He ended up becoming a priest. Even if he doesn't end up making the film himself, Spielberg plans to produce it for The Weinstein Company.

We’re still waiting to find out which of Spielberg’s current floating future films will become a reality, though according to Variety, technofear novel adaptation Robopocalypse appears to be a strong contender now that its script has been polished and its budget has been tweaked, although there is also the historical drama currently known as Montezuma, which Steven Zailllian is at work on.


First Jersey Boys Trailer

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:59:45 GMT

First Jersey Boys Trailer

Clint Eastwood's musical adaptation is heating up

Musicals and Clint Eastwood are not always a natural fit, as anyone who's seen Paint Your Wagon will attest. But Jersey Boys is another story, since the director won't be called upon to sing as much. And besides, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons involves a heck of a lot of male bonding and tussling, as well as underworld connections that should be right up his alley. Here's the first trailer for the film, and a new poster.

Adapted from the hugely successful stage show, Jersey Boys follows the ups and downs of what would become the Four Seasons. Onstage, it's a story told through four sections themed around each of the seasons of the year, and narrated by each member of the band in turn. Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Franki Castelluccio (aka Valli) all take their turn to discuss their rise, fall and rise again. On screen, that has been transformed into the guys talking to camera to explain their side of events. {Jersey Boys Poster}

Eastwood has recruited relative unknowns for the band members, with John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza taking the leads, but he has Christopher Walken in for support, with a script that has seen work from John Logan and the musical's creators, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It'll walk like a man into our cinemas on June 20.








Initial Image From Ryan Gosling's Lost River

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:09:46 GMT

Initial Image From Ryan Gosling's Lost River

Christina Hendricks knows how to catch a monster

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If you read our feature on the films we’re most anticipating in this year’s Cannes line-up, you know we’re intrigued by Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River. Formerly known as How To Catch A Monster, the film promises surreal mystery and, from the looks of this first image, Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks in a tricky situation. {Lost River}

Hendricks stars as Billy, a single mother of two who has to journey into a macabre, dark fantasy world even as her eldest son Bones finds a secret road leading to an underwater town. They’ll both have to figure out the mystery if they’re to help their family survive… Cryptic, definitely, and for certain the sort of off-centre, not-so-commercial fare you imagine from a man who has worked with the likes of Nicolas Winding Refn.

When we spoke to Hendricks’ co-star, Iain De Caestecker last year, he also shed a little more light on that plot. “There's my character, Bones, his mother and his younger brother. There's also a girl next door played by Saoirse Ronan, called Rat. It's about this family living in a town called Lost River, which is perhaps a place that was once full of family and happiness and love, and is now this town that's slowly descending into a place without any hope. This family is holding onto the foundations of their house and everything they think they need to hold onto."

Boasting the likes of Matt Smith, Ben Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes in the cast, Lost River is premiering in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, but hasn’t yet received a release date here or in the US.


New Promo For The Rover

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:38:41 GMT

New Promo For The Rover

Fear the man with nothing left to lose

Late January brought the first, moody look at Australian director David Michôd’s much-anticipated follow-up to Animal Kingdom, The Rover. If you were after a promo that keeps much of the intense, atmospheric feeling from that teaser, but offered a little more in the way of story, here you go.

In fact, the new trailer shakes up what we knew of the movie’s plot, aside from the initial post-apocalyptic set-up. The Rover takes place in a world 10 years after the collapse of society. The rule of the law has disintegrated and life is cheap. The film follows hardened loner Eric (Guy Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car they leave behind a wounded Rey (Robert Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him. {The Rover character posters}

It’s another fascinating, complex role for Pearce and appears to be another leap for Pattinson, who has thrown himself into working with interesting filmmakers. Michôd co-wrote the story with Joel Edgerton before cranking out the script himself. With Scoot McNairy, David Field and Susan Prior also in the cast, The Rover hits US screens on June 13 before arriving here on August 22. It’ll also be shown as part of the Midnight Screenings series at the Cannes Film Festival this year.








First Teaser For The Captive

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:38:41 GMT

First Teaser For The Captive

Atom Egoyan's new thriller

With the announcement today that it will screen in competition at Cannes, it seems only logical for the first trailer for Atom Egoyan’s new thriller, The Captive, to appear online. Take a look at Ryan Reynolds thrown into a nightmare… 

The Captive finds Egoyan on typically psychological form, wrapping the story of a kidnapping into something even deeper and darker. Reynolds plays Matthew, whose daughter Cass (Peyton Kennedy) is swiped from the back of his truck during a roadside diner. So begins a terrifying manhunt that will test the limits of the relationships between Reynolds, his wife (Mireille Enos) and others involved in the case, including the investigators assigned to try to track Cass down and the predators who are playing a twisted game.

Set across eight years, the film brings last year’s Prisoners to mind with its story of twisting loyalties and clues to what happened while Cass was missing. With Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast and Bruce Greenwood also in the cast, The Captive has yet to score a UK distributor, but its Cannes exposure should certainly settle that. Egoyan, meanwhile, has West Memphis Three drama Devil’s Knot set to arrive on June 13.


Zack Snyder On Batman-Superman

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:38:40 GMT

Zack Snyder On Batman-Superman

'Batman and Superman standing next to each other… It’s kind of epic'

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Currently at work on the still untitled Man Of Steel follow-up that will see Henry Cavill’s Superman sharing screen time with Ben Affleck as the latest incarnation of Batman, Zack Snyder took some time out to talk to Forbes about his ideas for the film and his excitement at uniting the two veteran superheroes on the live-action big screen for the first time.

Naturally, since the movie is more than two years away and Warner Bros. has been very secretive about anything to do with the look of Bats or Supes, Snyder wasn’t able to share too much, lest he himself fall victim to a swiftly thrown Batarang. But he did talk up his initial reasons for deciding to add Batman into the mix. “After Man Of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman. In the first meeting, it was like, 'Maybe Batman?' Maybe at the end of the second movie, some Kryptonite gets delivered to Bruce Wayne’s house or something. Like in a cryptic way, that’s the first time we see him,” he says.

“But then, once you say it out loud, right? You’re in a story meeting talking about, like, who should Superman fight if he fought this giant alien threat Zod who was basically his equal physically, from his planet, fighting on our turf. You know, who to fight next? But I’m not going to say at all that when I took the job to do Man Of Steel that I did it in a subversive way to get to Batman. I really believe that only after contemplating who could face Superman did Batman come into the picture.”

Snyder, who has images of the costumes on his production office walls is eager to share his enthusiasm for having seen just the outfits brought together for the first time, let along his cast. “The thing also that’s really fascinating for me is that, even just in the tests we’ve been doing, the costumes, right? You basically have Batman and Superman — and this is without Ben and Henry in the costumes, but just like the stand-ins, just testing to see what the costumes look like. And you have them standing there and they’re standing in the same shot — and then we have Wonder Woman, you know, all three of them in the same shot. Even just for a test, you really have to go, 'Wow, that’s crazy!' Not only is it the first time that I’m seeing them, it’s the first time they’ve ever existed together on screen in a movie. Even just Batman and Superman standing next to each other… It’s kind of epic. It’s crazy. But it’s fun.”

Don’t go expecting the director to leak snaps from his iPhone on Twitter just yet, though. “The one nice thing is that, the schedule is designed carefully so that I don’t know that that’ll be a problem– but who knows, these cats are pretty good at getting the drop on us with these photos. But, when we finally do show it, it’s gonna be real fun. And it’s true, you gotta make sure – you’re gonna want the real shot…” For Snyder’s take on the recent Watchmen non-troversy and his thoughts on superhero violence, hit Forbes’ interview.

With Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, and the more recently announced Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto all lined up to co-star, the film will be out in the UK on April 29 before hitting US screens on May 6.








Maleficent Featurette Explores The Film

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:38:40 GMT

Maleficent Featurette Explores The Film

Jolie & co explain the idea

Though we’ve had a couple of trailers that fairly comprehensively set the scene for Disney’s new re-working of the Sleeping Beauty story with Maleficent, it’s clearly time in the film’s promotional schedule for the cast and crew to reveal their thinking behind the expanded story. A new featurette has hit the web to do just that. 

Maleficent, as you’ll know by now, takes the familiar Sleeping Beauty elements and offers up some explanation for why shunned fairy Maleficent curses the young princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) to fall into a deep sleep on her 16th birthday. Turns out there was a lot of story we weren’t told in the run up the Aurora’s birth and christening, and Maleficent was badly wronged by the humans around her.

As Jolie and co explain, this new take on the tale kicks off years before the events of the fairy tale, as chronicled in the 1959 Disney animation, and then proceeds to re-tell them from Maleficent’s point of view. According to Jolie, it’s “very different from what people are going to expect…”

Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville are also among the ensemble for the film, which arrives in UK cinemas on May 28.


See An X-Men: Days Of Future Past Sting On Amazing Spider-Man 2

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:34:26 GMT

See An X-Men: Days Of Future Past Sting On Amazing Spider-Man 2

Wait, what?

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It's not exactly unusual for superheroes to team up. Spider-Man and the X-Men have done so on numerous occasions in the comics, so it should come as no surprise that they are doing so again - sort of - on the big screen. But surprise! There is an X-Men: Days Of Future Past clip in the credits of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which marks a possible new era of collaboration between competing studios with Fox and Sony working together.

Now this isn't a post-credits sting as we've seen before in the Marvel universe, setting up some sort of crossover between the two worlds. Rather, it's a clip from the X-film that gives us a taste of the action we're in for. We've been told by Sony that the clip will be attached to the film in the UK.

The scene featured sees Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, Lucas Till's Havok and Evan Jonigkeit's Toad taking on William Stryker (Josh Helman) and his military men. Without wishing to spoil anything, let's just say that Mystique once again demonstrates her formidable fighting skills in the brief segment.

Presumably there have been significant negotiations leading to this point, and the comic nerd in all of us hopes that someone said, over coffee during a break in the meeting, "Hey, how about we get these crazy kids together properly?" At the very least, this could lead to, next time, content being filmed expressly for this sort of crossover activity.

Neither is this the first attempt at co-operation between studios sharing the Marvel universe: there were early talks to have the Oscorp building appear in the New York skyline of Avengers, perhaps envisioning an exchange where Stark Tower would show up behind Spidey. However, this clip is still a step towards a unified Marvel theory universe, which would be unspeakably cool - even if it is unlikely to happen anytime soon. 

Variety managed to ferret out the real reason for the sting’s presence – a deal between Fox and Sony over Marc Webb’s services. Turns out that Webb still owes Fox Searchlight a film in his contract after (500) Days Of Summer and in order for him to sign on to make the second (and third) Spidey movies, Sony agreed to the free plug for Days Of Future Past.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out in the UK today. It hits US cinemas on May 2. X-Men: Days Of Future Past arrives on May 22 here and May 23 across the Pond.








Cannes Official Selection 2014 Announced!

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:44:47 GMT

Cannes Official Selection 2014 Announced!

Cronenberg! Loach! Egoyan! Leigh! Dardennes!

The line-up for the Cannes Film Festival 2014 has been announced, and it's a selection that includes some Festival regulars as well as some less familiar faces. So don your beret, strike up a Gauloise and peruse the full list of films in competition, screening out of competition and in the Un Certain Regard categories below.

It's a strong selection, albeit mainly from directors who have appeared at the Festival multiple times before. Ken Loach (Jimmy's Hall), Mike Leigh (Mr Turner, pictured), Jean-Luc Godard (Goodbye To Language), the Dardennes brothers (Two Days, One Night), David Cronenberg (Maps To The Stars) and Atom Egoyan (The Captive) are all regulars. In fact, Damian Szifron and Bennett Miller are the only directors in the competition who are at the Festival for the first time.

Screening out of competition is How To Train Your Dragon 2, occupying the traditional big-animated-film-screening-at-Cannes spot. The Un Certain Regard section will see the bow of Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, now called Lost River and not How To Catch A Monster anymore. Fellow actors Mathieu Amalric and Asia Argento also have directorial efforts screening in that strand.

The Festival runs from May 14 to 25 this year, and as ever we'll be covering all the news as it happens.

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Opening night film: Grace of Monaco, Olivier Dahan

Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas

Saint Laurent, Bertrand Bonello

Kış Uykusu,Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Deux Jours, Une Nuit, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Mommy, Xavier Dolan

The Captive, Atom Egoyan

Adieu au Langage, Jean-Luc Godard

The Search, Michel Hazanavicius

The Homesman, Tommy Lee Jones

Futatsume no Mado, Naomi Kawase

Mr Turner, Mike Leigh

Jimmy's Hall, Ken Loach

Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller

Le Meraviglie, Alice Rohrwacher

Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako

Relatos Salvajes, Damián Szifron

Leviafan, Andrey Zvyagintsev

 

OUT OF COMPETITION

Coming Home, Zhang Yimou

How to Train Your Dragon 2, Dean DeBlois

Les Gens du Monde, Yves Jeuland

 

UN CERTAIN REGARD

OPENER: Party Girl, Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis

Amour fou, Jessica Hausner

Bird People, Pascale Ferran

The Blue Room, Mathieu Amalric

Charlie’s Country, Rolf de Heer

A Girl at My Door, July Jung

Eleanor Rigby, Ned Benson

Fantasia, Wang Chao

Force Majeure, Ruben Ostlund

Harcheck mi headro, Keren Yedaya

Hermosa juventud, Jaime Rosales

Incompresa, Asia Argento

Jauja, Lisandro Alonso

Lost River, Ryan Gosling

Run, Philippe Lacote

Salt of the Earth, Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Snow in Paradise, Andrew Hulme

Titli, Kanu Behl

Xenia, Panos Koutras

 

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

The Rover, David Michod

The Salvation, Kristian Levring

The Target, Yoon Hong-seung

 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

The Bridges of Sarajevo, various directors

Maidan, Sergei Loznitsa

Red Army, Polsky Gabe

Silvered Water, Mohammed Ossama and Wiam Bedirxan

Caricaturistes – Fantassins de la democratie, Stephanie Valloatto


Anna Paquin Will Appear In X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:24:15 GMT

Anna Paquin Will Appear In X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Rogue returns

Anna Paquin in X-Men: Days Of Future Past

In the beginning, Anna Paquin's Rogue was set to appear in the new X-Men movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Then director Bryan Singer said her future-set scene had been cut, and fans - well, some fans - were in uproar. Now, after appearing on a cover of Empire and admitting she was disappointed not to make it into the film... she's back in.

Buzzfeed spotted that her name appears in the credits at the end of the latest X-Men: Days Of Future Past trailer, and after contacting Fox to check whether she might be a mutant once more, news has arrived that she will be, albeit briefly. “Essentially, [it’s] a cameo,” were the words the representative used.

Sounds like a blink-and-you'll-miss-it affair - no pun intended - but it should please her legion of admirers (and possibly peeve folk who didn't like her interpretation of the much-loved comic-book character).

To fill you in, Days Of Future Past finds Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and the current X-team confronting a dark alternate future where mutants are an endangered species, tracked down, imprisoned or killed thanks to Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage)’s Sentinel program and an overwhelming level of distrust from regular humans.

They boldly plan to send Wolverine’s consciousness back in time to the First Class era (or a few years after we last met those versions of the characters) to convince the younger Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the rest to work together to stop the threat at its source.

With Ellen Page, Daniel Cudmore, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore and others back, including most of the First Class cast, Days Of Future Past is out on May 22.








First Trailer For Eli Roth's Green Inferno

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:24:14 GMT

First Trailer For Eli Roth's Green Inferno

Stomachs rumble in the jungle

The film debuted at TIFF last autumn, but aside from the odd still and a lot of talk from Eli Roth, non-festival audiences are yet to experience The Green Inferno. That's sort of of changed this morning with the arrival of the first trailer, but given its (appropriate for the title) green-band nature, there's still not much to see here. Prepare for another Roth lesson in never going travelling. Stay in your homes, kids.

Roth's tribute to the gonzo Italian likes of Ruggero Deodato and Umberto Lenzi sees a group of student activists head deep into the Peruvian jungle and face the threat of being eaten alive at the hands of a hungry indigent tribe. 

Sticking to Roth's penchant for a clever marketing hook, you'll notice that the trailer is at pains to point out that Green Inferno stars a Peruvian rainforest tribe that's never been filmed before. Roth has been keen for everyone to know this all through the project's development. 

"We travelled deep into the Amazon, like Aguirre," he told Empire a year or so ago. "We found a village with no electricity or running water, where most of the young children and the elders had never seen a movie or television before. We brought a generator and showed them [Deodato's infamous] Cannibal Holocaust to see how badly it would freak them out, but they laughed and thought it was the funniest thing they’d ever seen, and after that about 80 people signed up to be in the movie!”

A sequel, Beyond The Green Inferno, is already in the works, to be directed by Roth's Aftershock collaborator Nicolas Lopez. There's no UK release date for the first instalment yet, but it's out in the States on September 14.








First Poster For The Equalizer

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:24:14 GMT

First Poster For The Equalizer

Denzel Washington walks the line

So far, all that the world at large has seen of the new film version of classic ‘80s show The Equalizer is a couple of pictures featuring Denzel Washington looking grumpy in character as Robert McCall. We got a look at a scene last month at CinemaCon, and the poster is now online, which makes us think the trailer can’t be far behind. {The Equalizer}

This updated peek into the world finds Washington as a slightly different take on Robert McCall, the retired intelligence officer played on the small screen by Edward Woodward, who decides to atone for his past sins by helping the hopeless.

Working quietly at a Home Depot, McCall finds himself drawn into the life of a crusading vigilante when he helps out a young prostitute (Chloe Moretz). His actions draw the ire of the Russian mafia, and in particular a brutal fixer plated by Marton Csokas.

While McCall could always take care of himself on TV, Washington’s version is the sort of man who can walk into a room full of armed mobster henchmen and take them all out in approximately 28 seconds, all the while chiding himself for not keeping to his personal best. Sony is apparently so enthused by the jubilant test screening reactions to the film that it already has a sequel script under way.

The poster’s a striking one, even if it makes it look like McCall has a job painting road markings. We’ll see just how much street maintenance is part of his life when The Equalizer arrives on October 10.


Mrs Doubtfire Sequel Heats Up Again

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:24:13 GMT

Mrs Doubtfire Sequel Heats Up Again

Robin Williams could be back in the make-up

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It’s been so long since the idea of a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire hit the news radar that we were beginning to think it would end up going the reboot route before any official follow-up happened. But Fox 2000 is not letting Euphegenia Doubtfire die peacefully, and is making a new attempt to convince director Christopher Columbus and star Robin Williams to re-visit the character.

You’re probably aware that the 1993 film saw Williams as struggling actor Daniel Hillard, who was desperate to maintain a relationship with his children following the recent divorce from his wife Miranda (Sally Field). In order to stay close, he concocts the elderly Scottish housekeeper character and applies to be their carer with predictably disastrous results. The movie was a hit at the box office, and all involved thought a sequel might happen, but no one could find an idea they liked.

Bonnie Hunt was hired to write a script in 2001, but as other scribes came and went, the excitement for the idea waxed and waned until, around 2004, the last mention of it flickered and faded.

Now, Elf’s David Berenbaum is on board to try again. His actual concept for the sequel isn’t clear, and we don’t yet know if it’ll acknowledge the passing of time – after all, would anyone believe that Mrs. Doubtfire would still be alive after all this time? And why would he need to dress up given that everyone came clean last time? Perhaps Daniel Hillard will resurrect her to care for his grandchildren?

However it shakes out, Columbus and Williams are attached but will wait to see the script before deciding to take things further. If there’s any justice, we’ll get a dust-off between Doubtfire and Tobias Fünke’s Mrs. Featherbottom.








New Title Rumoured For Third Hobbit Film

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:08:41 GMT

New Title Rumoured For Third Hobbit Film

Could it become Into The Fire?

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The film has been known as The Hobbit: There And Back Again since 2012 at least, but today a rumour surfaced from usually reliable fan site TheOneRing.net that the third Hobbit adventure could conceivably be called Into The Fire.

While the site is at pains to point out that its sources are simply pointing to New Line registering the title as a way of protecting copyright, it wouldn’t be the first time the film has been floated under a different name. There was speculation that it might end up being called The Battle Of Five Armies when the plan to split the story into a trilogy was first announced.

Of course, it seems awfully late to be changing things now, especially with merchandising partners’ long lead times to consider and the fact that both die hard fans and general moviegoers are used to referring to the film as There And Back Again. It’s also possible that the title registration is simply to cover the company’s bases in case it decides to use it for another project such as a video game tie-in. There has been no official word on the matter just yet.

For now, what we do know is that the third Hobbit entry will see Bilbo, the dwarfs, Gandalf and the Elves taking arms against the destructive force that is the dragon Smaug and other dark forces swirling around Middle-earth. It’ll hit cinemas on December 12.








If I Stay Trailer Online

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:08:41 GMT

If I Stay Trailer Online

Chloe Moretz must choose between life & death

Though we’re now more accustomed to teen novel adaptations featuring dystopian futures or romances with supernatural creatures, the tearjerkers are coming back in force with the grounded likes of The Fault In Our Stars. If I Stay, however, treads both a fantastical and a romantic line, and the first trailer has arrived. 

Adapted from Gayle Forman’s 2009 bestseller, the film stars Chloe Moretz as Mia Hall, a young music prodigy who is experiencing her first taste of love with rocker Adam (Jamie Blackley). Wavering between her Julliard ambitions and her blossoming personal life, Mia is cast into an even more difficult situation when a devastating car crash kills her parents (Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard) and leaves her in a coma.

Caught between life and death in a limbo state, Mia must choose between fighting to live in a world where she’ll face tragedy or passing on to a presumably peaceful death.

The film itself has survived a period in limbo. Originally set up back in 2009 with Dakota Fanning attached, it was moved to MGM after a period in turnaround and is finally ready to hit the screen.

With a script by Whip It’s Shauna Cross and R.J. Cutler calling the shots, If I Stay also features Lauren Lee Smith, Jakob Davies and Liana Liberato and will arrive in American cinemas on August 22. There are no details on a UK release yet.


Antonio Banderas Talks Puss In Boots 2

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:08:41 GMT

Antonio Banderas Talks Puss In Boots 2

'We take Puss to a completely different land...'

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While its attempts to set up new franchises with the likes of Turbo and Mr. Peabody & Sherman haven’t all worked out, DreamWorks Animation hasn’t been in a hurry to push out another entry in the Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots series. Despite the 2011 film’s success at the box office, little has been heard of any sequel, but Collider spoke to Antonio Banderas, who revealed that the wheels are well in motion.

“We started the new one four days ago. It did incredibly well with audiences and critics, all around the world, and the character is going to keep going,” says the actor who provides Puss’ familiar purring tones. “This character was born almost 12 years ago. We have had a lot of fun with him, and it seems that audiences do, too. So, we’re doing another one.”

With Guillermo del Toro once more acting as executive producer, the film has been through at least a couple of script drafts, and Banderas had more to say on the setting, if not the plot.

“We take Puss to a completely different land which is very exotic. When Chris Miller, the director, said, ‘I don’t want Puss to happen in the same universe as the Shrek movies visually, I want to do a spaghetti western,’ he is, in this case, trying to do an adventure movie so we’re taking him to a very exotic locale.”

There is no announced release date for the film, and its basic elements besides the leads could change considerably before it does finally make it into cinemas. But at least it seems we might get more of the crafty moggie.








David Koechner To Lead Scouts Vs. Zombies

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:08:40 GMT

David Koechner To Lead Scouts Vs. Zombies

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David Koechner Cheap Thrills

Lumbering through development hell since at least 2010, zom-com Scouts Vs. Zombies is finally heading into production. Last we heard (a year ago), Tropic Thunder and Men In Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was directing, but he's since been replaced by Christopher Landon, who most recently made Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and wrote 2007's Disturbia. The film also now has its scout leader, in the jocular form of Champ Kind himself, David Koechner.

As you might surmise from the title, Scouts Vs. Zombies finds a troop of bob-a-jobbers facing down a horde of flesh-craving undead on a camping trip. They’ll need all their survival skills to avoid becoming the zombies’ latest meal, and to help save their small town.

Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki wrote the original script, which hit the 2010 Black List and attracted interest from Race To Witch Mountain director Andy Fickman. He’s still involved, but only as producer, with a subsequent screenplay draft knocked out by Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous). Cohen's name no longer appears anywhere in connection with the film.

Koechner, meanwhile, obviously has a cracking comedy heritage, including Anchorman's aforementioned Mr Kind, and credits on The Office and American Dad. But as of recently, he's not a stranger to horror either: there was Piranha 3DD, and his turn in E.L. Katz' brilliant Cheap Thrills is a thing of deep joy, both humorous and utterly sinister. We're thinking simply "humorous" will be the emphasis this time around though. Nobody wants a sinister scout leader.

Scouts Vs. Zombies is currently in pre-production, with shooting set to start on May 8.


TV Show About Greta Garbo And Marlene Dietrich Planned

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:53:09 GMT

TV Show About Greta Garbo And Marlene Dietrich Planned

Annapurna promises a drama set in classic Hollywood

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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has earned a reputation for helping to fund films that other companies weren’t willing to risk, like Spike Jonze’s Her, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. The company is now looking to get into television, setting up an untitled project about Hollywood icons Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.

Annapurna has True Blood writer Angela Robinson and The L Word’s Alex Kondracke scripting the project, which is mostly being kept under wraps in terms of content and where it might end up. That's not surprising, since the project doesn’t yet have a network or channel involved.

But we can imagine there being considerable interest in a series that would delve into the lives of two such fascinating screen legends, including their rivalry and the circles in which they mixed during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

People who could conceivably crop up include the likes of John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne. We don’t envy any actors who are tasked with bringing particularly the central duo to life, but we’re certainly fascinated by the concept. With Boardwalk Empire off the air, this would seem like a good time for a glossy new 30s-set drama.








New Trailer For Paul Haggis' Third Person

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:06:33 GMT

New Trailer For Paul Haggis' Third Person

Run! Liam Neeson is back in Paris

As a director, Paul Haggis is known for his multi-threaded narratives that rarely want for melodrama or “big” moments. His Crash still polarises and he’s back with another sweeping drama, Third Person, that extends the canvas to global dimensions and boasts a cast including Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco and Mila Kunis. Heck, even Kim Basinger turns out for this one. Watch the new trailer below.

Neeson plays a novelist who leaves his wife (Basinger) to shack up with Wilde’s character in Paris. For the writer, it’s an autumnal romance that could have far-reaching consequences, a predicament that Franco and Kunis’s warring ex-couple are already facing in the second plot thread. That pair, an artist and actress respectively, are vying for custody of their six year-old son.

The third element sees Adrien Brody involved with a Roma woman (Moran Atias) whose daughter has fallen into the grubby maw of people traffickers. Hmm, if only there was someone else in the film who could help with that...

All six are foregrounded in this new Japanese poster. The US version, meanwhile, opts for the visual metaphor of Wilde's character trailing the pages of her lover's novel. But is she his muse or just a naughty person in need of recycling lessons? {Third Person Posters}

Third Person gets a metropolitan US release on June 20. No word on a UK launch yet.


Jose Padilha To Make A Nazi-Hunting Revenge Tale

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:51:01 GMT

Jose Padilha To Make A Nazi-Hunting Revenge Tale

He's attached to Nekome

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Having largely survived the trial by executive notes, critics and audiences that was making his first Hollywood film with the RoboCop remake, Jose Padilha is busy setting up potential new projects, albeit ones where he will have a little more control. He’s now picked Nekome, a post-World War II action pitch from John Hlavin, to potentially direct.

Padilha’s Cold Mountain company is working with producer Eric Newman to develop the film for StudioCanal. Hlavin, who wrote Underworld Awakening and has several unproduced scripts floating around different development pools, cooked up the idea, which takes its name from the Yiddish word for revenge. The setting is the days shortly after the conflict, with two young Holocaust survivors sent to Brazil to hunt down the Nazis who ran their concentration camp.

Given his experience working in his home country for the much-praised Elite Squad films, it’s not surprising to see Padilha back on familiar turf for this one. There’s no word on when it might shoot, however, and the director is already busy on a new, untitled drama for Netflix with Elite Squad’s Wagner Moura playing drug lord Pablo Escobar.








Star Trek Writers To Reboot Flash Gordon

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:27 GMT

Star Trek Writers To Reboot Flash Gordon

Gordon's alive!

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What do you mean, "Flash Gordon approaching?" Well, after some years of varying development hells, and a short-lived Sci-Fi Channel TV series in 2008, it looks as if the pulp space hero is in the initial stages of a journey back to the big screen. Their source is unclear, but the impetuous boys (and girl) at Film Divider believe that JD Payne and Patrick McKay, currently at work on the third modern Star Trek film, are also writing an ambitious new Flash Gordon adventure.

Flash Gordon made his debut in newspaper comic strips drawn by Alex Raymond in the 1930s, and was initially conceived explicitly as competition for the then very popular Buck Rogers. Gordon was a polo-playing Yale graduate who, with companions Dale Arden and Dr Hans Zarkov, initially headed into space to find the source of some meteors bombarding Earth. Their first encounter with Ming The Merciless - the alien gitface behind the meteors - would not be their last, and their continuing adventures on the planet Mongo would see them also encountering hawk-man Prince Vultan and the rulers of various jungle, ice and undersea kingdoms.

Gordon was immediately picked up for three Saturday morning film serials starring Buster Crabbe (also briefly Buck Rogers and Tarzan) between 1936 and 1940. Slightly more recently and perhaps most famously, of course, there was the 1980 movie camp-fest with the mad Queen soundtrack, starring Sam J. Jones as Gordon, Max Von Sydow as Ming, and a particularly mental Brian Blessed as Vultan. 

Payne and McKay's connection to JJ Abrams' Bad Robot includes adapting the novel Boilerplate as well as their work on the Star Trek threequel, but whether Flash has a home there, or elsewhere, or is merely a spec script the pair have developed on their own is unclear at the moment. They also have action scripts Goliath and Deadliest Warrior floating in development at, respectively, Temple Hill and Paramount.

Their take on Flash Gordon is apparently (predictably) to rescue him from his current reputation as something stupid but much loved (see Sam Jones' recent turn in Ted), and restore his reputation as a more serious adventurer. He is, after all, the metallist man alive, come to save us all, with his constant thrash. Oh no, wait, that's Thrash Gordon. That's someone else.

The world didn't seem quite ready for John Carter. Are we up for a new Flash Gordon? Give us your thoughts in the comments below, and we'll let you know when and if this story develops further. 








Annapurna Pictures Plans Greta Garbo/Marlene Dietrich Series

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:02:43 GMT

Annapurna Pictures Plans Greta Garbo/Marlene Dietrich Series

A drama set in classic Hollywood

Annapurna-Pictures-Plans-Garbo-Dietrich-Drama

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has earned a reputation for helping fund films other companies weren’t willing to take a risk on, like Spike Jonze’s Her, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. The company is now looking to get into television, setting up an untitled project about Hollywood icons Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.

Annapurna has True Blood writer Angela Robinson and The L Word’s Alex Kondracke scripting the project, which is mostly being kept under wraps for now in terms of content and where it might end up – the project doesn’t yet have a network or channel involved.

But we can imagine there being some interest in a series that would delve into the lives of two such fascinating screen legends, including their rivalry and the circles in which they mixed during Hollywood’s Golden Age. People who could conceivably crop up include the likes of John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne. We don’t envy any actors who are tasked with bringing particularly the central duo to life, but we’re certainly fascinated by the concept.