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Frozen Short Film Arriving Next Spring

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:43:35 GMT

Frozen Short Film Arriving Next Spring

Elsa and Anna are back


Though the studio was hoping it would continue its current successful streak, even Disney was blindsided by the phenomenon that spawned off the back of last year’s wintry hit Frozen. Despite being caught unprepared for the marketing frenzy, the Mouse House is now planning to further capitalize on the film via a new short, Frozen Fever.

Announced during a TV special about the making of the film screened in the US last night, Frozen Fever will see the return of Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) as Anna’s birthday rolls around. Her sister and friends (you can bet Josh Gad’s Olaf will be involved, as he was one of the breakout characters from the movie) are planning to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s ice powers cause more trouble.

Co-writers/directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are once again in charge, with Oscar-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez crafting an all-new song for the short. No specific release date was offered beyond spring next year, nor was there any announcement about which film it’ll be attached to. And sorry, horror fans, it won’t be a crossover with Adam Green’s frosty 2010 death fest.

Also part of the show was a new, longer clip from the studio's new superhero 'toon Big Hero 6, due in the UK on January 30. Take a look below.

Dax Shepard Handed The Keys To CHiPs

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:43:35 GMT

Dax Shepard Handed The Keys To CHiPs

Michael Pena will be Frank “Ponch” Poncherello


Though it was pondered around the same time that fellow cult shows Starsky & Hutch and The Dukes Of Hazzard were being transferred from the telly vaults to big-screen comedy versions, highway patrol series CHiPs never quite made it down that road. Warner Bros. is hoping Dax Shepard is the man to help it happen, hiring him to write, direct and star in an adaption of the cop series.

In addition to writing the script and calling the shots, Shepard will star as Officer Jon Baker (originally played by Larry Wilcox), who along with partner Frank “Ponch” Poncherrello kept the highways of California free of crime and other problems with their rumbling motorcycles and groin-crippling khaki uniforms between 1977 and 1983.

While Erik Estrada is the man most recognizably identified with Ponch (and we’d bet good money on him showing up in some cameo capacity), Michael Pena is taking on the role for the film. Shepard is a keen, professional-level race driver, so we won’t be too surprised if he ends up attempting some of his own stunts… This will mark his third stint directing, following 2010’s Brother’s Justice and 2012’s Hit And Run, which saw him working alongside David Palmer.

How To Train Your Dragon 3 Pushed To 2017

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:12:53 GMT

How To Train Your Dragon 3 Pushed To 2017

You'll have to wait longer for more Toothless


Bad news, dragon fans: Toothless aficionados everywhere will have to be patient for an extra 12 months, as DreamWorks Animation has decided to shift the third entry in the How To Train Your Dragon franchise to 2017.

The second film arrived earlier this year, and despite some worries that it didn’t perform quite as well in the States as the first – $174 million so far, compared to the original’s $277.2 million US haul – the international figures have been much more favourable, with the sequel totalling $598.8 million plus globally compared to $494.8 million.

No reason for the shift has been given, but we do know that writer/director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold remain firmly attached. Presumably, the request for more time came from within, and we all know we want the third movie to look and feel as spectacular as the first two.

So we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out what happens after the big changes in the second film. Jay Baruchel and the rest of the voice cast are scheduled to return for the film, which has now been set for a June 9, 2017 release across the pond. If the release pattern holds, we can probably expect to see the new movie on screen in July 2017.

New Cymbeline Trailer Online

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:12:53 GMT

New Cymbeline Trailer Online

Bard targets

With the film at the Venice Film Festival for its world premiere, Lionsgate has nabbed the North American rights to Michael Almereyda’s present-day take on Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. To announce the fact, a new trailer has arrived. 

The Bard’s story of lust, greed and revenge has been updated to a filthy, corruption-riddled urban American setting, where an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang is set to explode into life thanks to bad decisions and the raging hormones of two young lovers.

On the page, the story is a labyrinthine romance that includes deception, disguises, cross-dressing and supernatural intervention. We don’t see much evidence of the spookier elements, but there are a lot of guns and cars on display, plus a cast that includes Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson and Anton Yelchin brushing up their Shakespeare.

Cymbeline should see US cinemas next spring; we’ll have to wait and see if – or more probably, when – it travels to these shores.

Alden Ehrenreich In Talks For Hail Caesar!

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:12:52 GMT

Alden Ehrenreich In Talks For Hail Caesar!

He's up for the Coen brothers' latest


Beautiful Creatures may not have rocketed him into the YA franchise hall of fame, but Alden Ehrenreich has been finding plenty of work regardless. Woody Allen hired him for Blue Jasmine and he’s currently in talks to join the star-studded ensemble lining up for Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest, Hail Caesar!.

The film, which already boasts Coen veterans George Clooney and Josh Brolin alongside Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill and Ralph Fiennes, revolves around a 1950's private eye/fixer who tracks down and covers up scandals for studios to keep the stars in line.

Fiennes will be a director under contract to one of the studios, while Tatum is a Gene Kelly-type star. Swinton, meanwhile, will be on the other side of the studio gates, hunting for juicy stories as a gossip columnist, presumably along the Louella Parsons or Hedda Hopper lines. So far, Hill and now Ehrenreich’s roles have yet to be revealed.

Joel and Ethan are gearing up to make the film later this year, but they’re not the only well-known filmmakers to hire the young actor: Ehrenreich has just finished work on Warren Beatty’s latest, untitled project.

Vince Vaughn Set To Be The Politician

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:12:52 GMT

Vince Vaughn Set To Be The Politician

He's attached to a new comedy


Though his name has recently come up in connection with season two of HBO crime drama True Detective, Vince Vaughn appears to be sticking with cinematic comedy for now. At least in terms of potential future projects, as he’s attached to Sony’s The Politician.

Goon/What If director Michael Dowse is aboard to direct the film, which Seth Rogen is producing alongside Evan Goldberg. The script comes courtesy of Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman, who have cooked up the concept of a Washington, D.C. politician caught in a prostitution scandal.

Nothing really new there, you might think, but the situation soon worsens when the dodgy politico and his less-than-competent cohort go on the run from drug dealers, the FBI and U.S. Marshals.

Vaughn next has travel comedy Unfinished Business set to arrive, with a UK release date of March 6 next year. That will be followed by Term Life, an action drama comic book adaptation that finds the actor reunited with his Couples Retreat director Peter Billingsley, which doesn’t yet have a release slot.

Emilia Clarke Says Me Before You

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:12:50 GMT

Emilia Clarke Says Me Before You

She'll star with Sam Claflin in the novel adaptation


MGM is hoping it can wrangle together the next big book adaptation drama with a film based on Jojo Moyes' bestseller Me Before You. A crucial part of a film like this is finding the leads, and the company has Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in negotiations.

Me Before You boasts a first-draft script by Moyes that has since seen new work from The Fault In Our Stars duo Scott Neustadter and Michael H, Weber, and Thea Sharrock on board to direct.

The story follows small-town girl Lou, who has been drifting between dead-end jobs until she meets Will, a successful type who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. He’s contemplating suicide until he hires her as his caretaker, and she becomes convinced she can prove to him that life is worth living, sparking a series of adventures.

Clarke, of course, spends months of the year wrangling dragons and ruling kingdoms on Game Of Thrones. She’ll next be seen on the big screen in Terminator: Genisys as Sarah Connor, mother to mankind’s best hope for battling the machines. Claflin has The Riot Club due on September 19 (there’s a new clip of him in action here) followed by Love, Rosie on October 22 and the slightly anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which is set for release on November 20.

Shane Black's The Nice Guys Set For 2016

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:09:08 GMT

Shane Black's The Nice Guys Set For 2016

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling officially aboard


That moved along quickly: Back in June, we reported that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black was considering noir thriller The Nice Guys as one of several projects he’s juggling in development. Then, the casting was merely a wish list, but he’s clearly locked in chosen actors, with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe on board and Warner Bros. setting a June 17, 2016 release date for the movie.

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

“Ever since we did Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, I’ve been eager to work with Shane again, and with this film we made it happen,” producer Joel Silver says in a statement picked up by Variety. “It’s a terrific script written in Shane’s great cinematic voice. With Russell and Ryan on board, I know we’re in for another wild ride.” Shooting should kick off next year ready for that mid-2016 release. Black is also working on a new Predator sequel, his long-gestating version of the Doc Savage adventures and a take on the Remo Williams adventure novel The Destroyer.

Park Chan-Wook Finds Fingersmith

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:41:50 GMT

Park Chan-Wook Finds Fingersmith

He'll adapt the Sarah Waters novel


Following his English-language debut with last year’s opinion-splitting Stoker, Park Chan-wook has finally settled on a follow-up. With several projects in development, he’s confirmed that he’ll next adapt Sarah Waters’ best-selling 2002 historical novel Fingersmith.

Waters’ book, which was brought to TV screens via a BBC miniseries in 2005, follows a young orphan woman raised as a thief (the “fingersmith” of the title) who is hired to work for and potentially help con a naïve young noblewoman. But a much stronger bond develops between the pair.

While the original novel is set in Victorian London, Park’s version will switch the setting to Korea under Japanese rule. Currently, the film is called Agashi in Korean, which phonetically translates to “young lady”. An English title will follow later. Park is currently looking for two lead actresses and is aiming to kick off shooting early next year.

This new development means that other movies he’s been considering, including The Brigands Of Rattleborge and The Ax, will have to wait a little longer for their chance to reach the screen.

Ross Katz Will Make The Choice

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:39:58 GMT

Ross Katz Will Make The Choice

As the Nicholas Sparks movie machine rumbles ever onwards


You might think that Marvel are the masters of building movie franchises, but Nicholas Sparks’ romance novels and the industry around them is a rival in terms of output. The latest film to be adapted from one of his stories is The Choice, and Ross Katz has been hired to direct it.

Katz, who recently made his second film (this year’s comedy drama Adult Beginners, following Kevin Bacon-starring TV movie Taking Chance), will put aside the various other projects he has in development to focus on the latest output from the Sparks production line.

The Choice hit shelves in April 2009 and focuses on Travis Parker, a man who would appear to be living the perfect live. He has a good job, great friends and the ideal living situation in a beautiful waterfront North Carolina home. Where women are concerned, he’s quite content to be the love-‘em-and-leave-‘em type until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Though there's initially more frustration than romance between them – and she already has a long-term boyfriend – they’re destined for one another, at least until an alien invasion occurs and insectoid marauders begin setting fire to half of the nearby town. Admittedly, we may have made some of that up…

Katz is set to start the cameras cranking shortly, working from Brian Sipe’s screenplay. This will be the 11th Sparks tome turned into a film, with The Best Of Me set to arrive here on October 17 and The Longest Ride recently finished shooting ready for an April 10 release next. We may have to update our Nicholas Sparks flowchart.

New Clip Of Sam Claflin In The Riot Club

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:24:24 GMT

New Clip Of Sam Claflin In The Riot Club

Not safe for lunch

Boris Johnson origin story* The Riot Club promises one long sizzle reel of upper-class miscreance interspersed with trenchant social comment and the odd drinking game. How odd? Well, check out this new clip from the film for a sample. Be warned: this particular sample will turn even the hardiest stomach.

A story of entitlement, privilege and very silly waistcoats adapted by Laura Wade from her own play Posh, The Riot Club takes obvious inspiration from the real-life Bullingdon Club. Director Lone Scherfig denies any direct link between the film’s characters and, say, members of the current government, which is just as well considering the bloody violence that plays out in their wood-panelled club meeting. When a prank goes wrong, the Rioteers are left with some tough choices to make. Judging by the trailer, some of the group will do virtually anything to avoid the consequences.

Pick up the new issue of Empire for a full assembly of this Avengers of arrogance. The character-by-character breakdown takes in Douglas Booth’s uber-coiffed fencer Harry Villiers, Sam Claflin’s brainiac Alistair Ryle (one of the victims of this initiation) and Max Irons, retracing his dad’s Brideshead footsteps as tearaway Miles Richards. Sebastian’s teddy Aloysius wouldn’t last five minutes in this company.

The Riot Club is out in the UK on September 19.

*Not really. Our legal team would like us to make that clear.

New Trailer For Monsters: The Dark Continent

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:24:23 GMT

New Trailer For Monsters: The Dark Continent

'Kill monsters, baby'

The handiwork of a debutant director (Tom Green) and shot on location (Jordan) with a small cast and big ambitions, Monsters: Dark Continent shares many things with Gareth Edwards’ original film. That DNA extends, of course, to the tentacle-y aliens themselves, flaunted in all their extra-terrestrial magnificence in the movie’s new trailer.

Set ten years after Monsters, the Edwards exec-produced ‘continuation’ heads east, where a new strain of alien sand bugs have taken up icky residence. Combat troops Noah (Johnny Harris), Frankie (Joe Dempsie) and Michael (Sam Keeley) are in on the bug hunt across Arabian deserts and into the maws of death.

With a whole mess of years elapsed since that NASA probe crash-landed in Latin America, the aliens have adapted efficiently to their new environment. Environments, actually. There are now infected zones dotted across the globe and the idea of harmonious co-existence, touched on in the first film, has long since been blown to kingdom come.

Reads the synopsis: "Two soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts. By the time they reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that fighting the monsters is just the beginning of their war."

Monsters: Dark Continent hits UK cinemas on November 28. Head here for the first trailer.

Star Wars: Episode VII Recruits Miltos Yerolemou

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:13:41 GMT

Star Wars: Episode VII Recruits Miltos Yerolemou

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


There's one Westeros resident already in the cast, in the shape of Gwendoline Christie, but J.J. Abrams and his Star Wars: Episode VII casting team have 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 reconfigure schedules after Harrison Ford’s leg was broken on set), Abrams and co. are apparently still 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 that he may end up with a light saber in his hand.

Yerolemou’s currently at work on the TV 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

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:12:21 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 now 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, but it has yet to even cross a desk at 20th Century Fox, which would produce and distribute any film.

Let’s not forget that we’ve been here before multiple times before, with Kiefer Sutherland and co. regularly 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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Magic Mike XXL Starts Shooting

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:56:49 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. He 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 to return for this one, with the likes of Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and a post-Oscar Matthew McConaughey still TBC. Magic Mike XXL is set to strut into US cinemas on July 1 next year and will hit these shores on August 7.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Stays Atop US Box Office

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:56:49 GMT

Guardians Of The Galaxy Stays Atop US Box Office

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


This summer has been a disappointment at the American box office, down 15% from last year’s record breaker. But 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 of the year 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 fourth 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

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:56:49 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.

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.

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.