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Initial Images From Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:17:35 GMT

Initial Images From Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

London crawling with exhibits come to life

They may not be critical darlings, but the two Night At The Museum films have certainly hauled in the coins at the box office. Shawn Levy is preparing to unleash the third and planned final chapter in the story, Secret Of The Tomb, and some new images have arrived. {Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb stills}

This third outing finds Ben Stiller back as the put-upon Larry Daley, who knows the secret of New York’s American Museum of Natural history – the exhibits come to life thanks to a magical Egyptian tablet from the time of the Pharaohs. But now the table is beginning to corrode and to help everyone involved, Larry and some of the gang including Pharaoh Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), Roman centurion Octavius (Steve Coogan) and Jedediah (Owen Wilson) must travel to London’s British Museum to find out how to fix it. There, they’ll encounter the object’s creator, Ahkmenrah’s father (Ben Kingsley), Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot and Rebel Wilson as a security guard at the museum who is surprised when her charges start coming to life – and spilling out on to the streets of the capital.

"We have brought museums to life, but we have never really explored the idea of taking the magic into the world. This movie really goes beyond the museum walls," Levy tells USA Today. "We are out in London, on a double-decker bus, in Trafalgar Square. It's a juicy idea we haven't explored." For more from the director, head to USA Today’s site.

With Mickey Rooney – in his final role – Dick Van Dyke, Bill Cobbs, Skyler Gisondo and Ricky Gervais aboard, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb is out on December 19. We predict a trailer will land soon.


First Teaser Trailer For The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:29:04 GMT

First Teaser Trailer For The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

'Will you follow me... one last time?'

If you’ve read our big breakdown of the various stories emerging from Comic-Con, you probably know that Peter Jackson showed up with a teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, the final chunk of his latest big Tolkien trilogy. While not everything shown at Hall H is here, the trailer has at least arrived via the sorcery of the Interwebs.

As the title suggests, there’s a massive great scrap in the offing, especially given that the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) finished off the second film with a promise to go all scorched earth on Lake-town.

And Five Armies picks up the story quickly, showing us the conflict everyone has been waiting for since Jackson announced his intention to turn The Hobbit into three films. If you don’t already know, the title refers to goblins and wargs (one army, supported by scary bats) facing off against dwarves, elves, men and giant eagles (four smaller armies) in a quest to gain control of Erebor (the Lonely Mountain) and Smaug's treasures within. One change this time should see the orcs being led by the still-very-much loose Necromancer (also Benedict Cumberbatch), making them even more formidable. {The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies}

The film will hit cinemas on December 12, starring Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Aidan Turner, James Nesbitt and a cast of thousands more, both real and digital.








Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Covers Are Here

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:29:03 GMT

Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Covers Are Here

Bard The Bowman or Smaug The Magnificent?

Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Covers Are Here

Luke Evans' Bard the Bowman was left in a pretty difficult spot at the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. A particularly angry dragon is about to light him up, and chances are the rest of Lake-town may end up a little on the crispy side. Now, we're putting you in a similarly awkward, although slightly less perilous predicament of having to pick one of the two new The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies covers shown below.{Empire Covers The Hobbit Battle Of Five Armies}

Your pickle is definitely prettier than Bard the Bowman's but it's still one well worth thinking about: will you chose Benedict Cumberbatch's vengeful wyrm, or be seduced by the sheer ruggedness of one of fiction's most famous arrow despatchers? You'll need to have made up your mind by Thursday, August 31, although subscribers will get theirs a little earlier, and with this beauty on the front:{Empire' The Hobbit: Battle Of Five Armies Subs Cover}

Inside the issue you can look forward to the skinny on Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Sin City 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as an in-depth interview with Expendables 3's most eagerly-anticipated ass-kicker Wesley Snipes and a Doctor Who photoshoot you definitely won't want to miss.

And while the new magazine is out this Thursday, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is out in the UK on December 12, and in the US on December 17. 


Eva Green Heads For Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:58:03 GMT

Eva Green Heads For Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

She's in talks to reunite with Tim Burton

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Now that he’s finished work on his real-life art drama Big Eyes, Tim Burton is headed back into the realm of the fantastical, eyeing a February start date for Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. And he’s looking to reunite with one of his Dark Shadows cast for the film – no, not Johnny Depp… Eva Green.

Based on Ransom Riggs’ novel, which Chernin Entertainment bought for 20th Century Fox back in 2011, the story follows 16-year-old Jacob, who has grown up hearing tales of the titular orphanage’s odd residents from his grandfather. They included a girl who always floated slightly off the ground, another who could safely hold fire in her hands and twins who had a psychic connection.

When granddad suddenly dies, leaving behind a message for his grandson, Jacob makes the trip to the ancestral home on a strange island off the coast of Wales. There he also finds the remains of Miss Peregrine’s place and discovers that some of those who lived there might not have left. And that they were confined because they posed a real danger…

Green, assuming she makes a deal, will play the title character, a woman who acts as a guardian to the orphans. She’ll next be seen in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which arrives here on August 22 and will be back on small screens next year for the second season of Penny Dreadful. Burton’s Big Eyes hits US cinemas on December 25, but has yet to lock in a UK date.








Christopher Walken Recruited For The Jungle Book

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:58:03 GMT

Christopher Walken Recruited For The Jungle Book

Giancarlo Esposito also aboard Jon Favreau's film

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Now that Jon Favreau has tracked down the young man he wants to play Mowgli, the Iron Man director is turning his attention back to recruiting recognizable names for his new live-action/animated take on The Jungle Book. He now has Christopher Walken and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito on board.

With a script by Justin Marks, Favreau’s film will use the blend of computer-generated animals and Neel Sethi in person as Mowgli, the human orphan raised by animals in the jungle to unspool Rudyard Kipling's story. Walken is set to voice King Louie, the leader of the jungle’s monkeys and apes, still best known for his ‘I Wanna Be Like You' song from Disney’s 1967 ‘toon version. Esposito, meanwhile, will be Akela, leader of the wolf pack that initially cares for Mowgli.

They join a cast that already includes Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson, who will all lend their vocals to the film. Esposito, of course, has previously worked with Favreau, as he was part of the cast for the now-defunct TV drama Revolution. Walken, last seen in Jersey Boys, next has The Family Fang and When I Live My Life Over Again on his to-do list. Favreau plans to have The Jungle Book on UK screens for October 16, 2015.


Fresh Red Band Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Trailer

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:25:31 GMT

Fresh Red Band Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Trailer

This rotten town... It soils everybody

The crime and grime came to San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H this weekend, as Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and a selection of their cast brought footage from Sin City: A Dame To Kill for to show to those in attendance. Now the new trailer for the film, full of the monochrome style and splashes of colour you’ve come to expect, has hit the web. You’d best be warned, though – this sucker is Red Band, so no punches are pulled.

A Dame To Kill For spins several tales, including The Long Bad Night, in which Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) loses more than he gambles for against the wrong opponent. Just Another Saturday Night and the titular A Dame To Kill For, both set before the original film’s tale find Marv (Mickey Rourke) pitted against femme fatale Ava Lord (Eva Green) and teamed up with private eye Dwight McCarthy (Clive Owen and Josh Brolin.) And see if you can spot two very familiar gentlemen right at the start (hint: we mentioned them in the intro.) {New Sin City 2 Images}

With Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Powers Boothe, Bruce Willis, Jaime King, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven and Dennis Haysbert all in the cast, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will be worrying your local fleapit from August 29.








Bruce Campbell Says Welcome To Purgatory

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:10:19 GMT

Bruce Campbell Says Welcome To Purgatory

It's a not-so-wonderful afterlife

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Who would you want to meet if you could find anyone you wanted after you died? Chances are a few people would say Bruce Campbell, especially since A) he’s entertaining and B) he’s got the experience/chin to deal with anything dangerous in the afterlife. He’s now headed to limbo, signing to star alongside The Inbetweeners’ James Buckley in Welcome To Purgatory.

Gene Fallaize is gearing up to shoot the film at Pinewood Studios in London, working fro ma script by Marcus Ako and Tony Cook. The story finds three new arrivals in Purgatory who must find their way around the afterlife with the help of St. Paul. Unfortunately for them, the gates separating Heaven and Hell have been broken, leaving the world of angels and demons in ruins. Soon, our heroes are tasked with putting things right to avert a war between God’s celestial hosts and Satan’s devilish army.

Jillian Murray, Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran and Stephen Marcus help fill out the cast, while the film itself is targeting a 2015 release date. Campbell will likely also be busy on the Evil Dead TV show he’s developing with Sam Raimi, while Buckley will be back with the rest of the boys for The Inbetweeners 2, due out on August 6.


New Horns Promo Arrives

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:39:39 GMT

New Horns Promo Arrives

Daniel Radcliffe, you little devil

Daniel Radcliffe turned up to the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, but it had nothing to do with his status as the Boy Who Lived. In fact, he was there alongside director Alexandre Aja and novelist Joe Hill to pimp Horns, the horror thriller that finds Radcliffe sporting the titular head protuberances. The trailer they brought with them is now online for your viewing pleasure.

Radcliffe plays Ig Perrish, the never-convicted prime suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns growing from his head and soon realises that their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and to exact revenge on her killer. {New Horns Images} {Horns Teaser Poster}

It’s been quite the wait for the film, which screened nearly a year ago at the Toronto Film Festival, and has been awaiting its shot at cinemas since then. The cast also boasts the likes of David Morse, Max Minghella, Kathleen Quinlan, Heather Graham and James Remar, and Horns will finally bedevil UK cinemas on October 31.








Quentin Tarantino Confirms Revived Hateful Eight

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:22:22 GMT

Quentin Tarantino Confirms Revived Hateful Eight

Tells Comic-Con, 'We're doing it'.

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The cat was out of the bag a couple of months ago, but it hadn't quite been validated by the man himself. Now, in response to a question from the audience at Comic-Con, Quentin Tarantino has personally confirmed that his strop is officially over and he's directing his Western The Hateful Eight after all. "Yeah... we're going to be doing The Hateful Eight," is the full horse's-mouth quote.

If you're new here, Tarantino announced earlier this year that he was abandoning the film following online leaks of the work-in-progress screenplay. "I gave it to six people," he fumed. "It's a betrayal. There's an ugly maliciousness to it." He said he would consider publishing the screenplay as a book, but insisted that, while he might return to it in the future, it would no longer be his next film. He's changed his mind.

Following a live reading at Los Angeles museum LACMA in April, there were already reports that a re-enthused Tarantino would start shooting The Hateful Eight before the end of the year with the whole cast from the LA event. That means Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, Kurt Russell as bounty hunter John Ruth, Tim Roth as the English fop Oswaldo Mobray, Amber Tamblyn as Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Michael Madsen as John Gage, Bruce Dern as Confederate General Smithers, James Parks as stagecoach driver O.B., Denis Ménochet as Frenchman Bob, Dana Gourrier as Minnie, Zoe Bell as Six Horse Judy and James Remar as Jody.

Those present at the reading confirmed that Tarantino already seemed committed to working on the film again, using the event to take back control and test key moments in front of an audience. Still at an early draft, the director made clear that there was work to be done on the ending of a story that involves the diverse characters above being thrown together to take shelter after a stagecoach is diverted from its route by a blizzard.

Rumours of a November shoot in Wyoming still have the whiff of the unconfirmed about them, but Tarantino has clearly calmed down about the situation. The ball is certainly back in his court, and the signs are promising, so fingers crossed there'll be some further news shortly. We'll continue to keep you posted.


Tarantino Confirms Revived Hateful Eight

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:33:36 GMT

Tarantino Confirms Revived Hateful Eight

Tells Comic-Con, 'We're doing it'.

Quentin-Tarantino-Shelves-The-Hateful-Eight

The cat was out of the bag a couple of months ago, but it hadn't quite been validated by the man himself. Now, in response to a question from the audience at Comic-Con, Quentin Tarantino has personally confirmed that his strop is officially over and he's directing his Western The Hateful Eight after all. "Yeah... we're going to be doing The Hateful Eight," is the full horse's-mouth quote.

If you're new here, Tarantino announced earlier this year that he was abandoning the film following online leaks of the work-in-progress screenplay. "I gave it to six people," he fumed. "It's a betrayal. There's an ugly maliciousness to it." He said he would consider publishing the screenplay as a book, but insisted that, while he might return to it in the future, it would no longer be his next film. He's changed his mind.

Following a live reading at Los Angeles museum LACMA in April, there were already reports that a re-enthused Tarantino would start shooting The Hateful Eight before the end of the year with the whole cast from the LA event. That means Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, Kurt Russell as bounty hunter John Ruth, Tim Roth as the English fop Oswaldo Mobray, Amber Tamblyn as Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Michael Madsen as John Gage, Bruce Dern as Confederate General Smithers, James Parks as stagecoach driver O.B., Denis Ménochet as Frenchman Bob, Dana Gourrier as Minnie, Zoe Bell as Six Horse Judy and James Remar as Jody.

Those present at the reading confirmed that Tarantino already seemed committed to working on the film again, using the event to take back control and test key moments in front of an audience. Still at an early draft, the director made clear that there was work to be done on the ending of a story that involves the diverse characters above being thrown together to take shelter after a stagecoach is diverted from its route by a blizzard.

Rumours of a November shoot in Wyoming still have the whiff of the unconfirmed about them, but Tarantino has clearly calmed down about the situation. The ball is certainly back in his court, and the signs are promising, so fingers crossed there'll be some further news shortly. We'll continue to keep you posted.








New Maze Runner Poster Lands

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:33:35 GMT

New Maze Runner Poster Lands

Welcome to the concrete jungle

Labyrinth for Millennials, YA adaptation The Maze Runner is fixing up to be all dark, tangled and Darwinian. The film’s new poster, a dark and brooding affair that looks like the cover to the greatest ever Choose Your Own Adventure, gives a glimpse of the maze itself and the runners in action, well, running. {New Maze Runner Poster} The second in the Maze franchise, The Scorch Trials, has just been confirmed as a greenlit project at Comic-Con. It will continue the story of Thomas (MTV Teen Wolf Dylan O’Brien) and the confused group of boys who discover themselves not so much Lost on a mysterious island, as stuck in an elevator and deposited in a strange and deadly maze.

With no memory of exactly who he is, and plagued by strange dreams about a mysterious organisation known as WICKD, he soon discovers that he’s in a very dangerous place. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a means of escape. But with the obstacles ever changing and a surprise twist in the arrival of a young woman (Kaya Scodelario), it won’t be an easy task.

Also stuck in this killer web are Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, hoping to avoid whatever its equivalent to Bowie's King of the Goblins is.

The Maze Runner arrives in UK cinemas on October 10.


Comic-Con: Kevin Smith Unveils The Tusk Trailer

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:44:39 GMT

Comic-Con: Kevin Smith Unveils The Tusk Trailer

Justin Long regrets accepting a weird invitation

It has become something of a tradition for Clerks/Red State writer/director Kevin Smith to take over Comic-Con’s Hall H at the tail end of the Saturday programme for one of his rambling, funny, candid Q&A sessions. This year was no different except that he also brought the trailer for his new horror movie, Tusk. Take a look at the first promo below.

Justin Long stars as Wallace, a podcast host who spends his time travelling around the US and Canada finding interesting characters with a story to tell. Assisted by pal and producer Teddy (Haley Joel Osment), he’s a seeker after the weird and wonderful.

So when he receives a letter from Howard Howe (Red State’s Michael Parks) who promises a tale of seagoing adventure and reminiscences that include interactions with Hemingway, Wallace heads to the Great White North to interview the man. Unfortunately for our moustachioed chatterbox, Howard has an ulterior motive: he’s looking for someone to turn into a living man/walrus creature. And the tea he serves Wallace is laced with knockout drugs. Soon, Teddy and Wallace’s girlfriend Allison (Genesis Rodriguez) are frantically searching for him. But Howard has thought carefully about his crazy plan...

With Smith taking the idea from a strange ad he saw and talked up on his podcast, he’s definitely embracing the idea of being a low-budget horror filmmaker. His next couple of films are planned as the other two parts of a loose Canadian trilogy. This one is certainly intriguing and unlike anything he’s done before.

Tusk will arrive in the US on September 19, while Sony Pictures has the film for the UK but hasn’t yet revealed a release date.


Comic-Con: Maze Runner Sequel In Development

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:44:39 GMT

Comic-Con: Maze Runner Sequel In Development

The Scorch Trials should be on the way

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As part of the 20th Century Fox presentation on Friday, director Wes Ball and some of his cast showed up at Hall H to show off a new trailer and scenes from The Maze Runner. And as the panel wrapped up, Ball announced that he and his team were already at work developing writer James Dashner’s sequel novel, The Scorch Trials.

The first film, which arrives in October, finds Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, who wakes up in a mysterious elevator transporting him into a massive maze filled with other boys. With no memory of exactly who he is, and plagued by strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as WICKD, he soon discovers that he’s in a very dangerous place.

Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a means of escape. But with the obstacles ever changing and a surprise twist in the arrival of a young woman (Kaya Scodelario), it won’t be an easy task. The Scorch Trials continues the story, though obviously we won't dip into that for fear of spoilers.

Speaking of, Maze Runner’s panel was a fun, friendly one, which even managed to survive O’Brien appearing to give away a massive moment of the plot. The film itself will be out on October 24 and also stars Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.








Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Is Writing An Evil Dead TV Show

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:44:39 GMT

Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Is Writing An Evil Dead TV Show

Along with Ivan Raimi and Bruce Campbell

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Sam Raimi made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con today, to talk about his role as producer on the movie adaptation of The Last Of Us – and during the on-stage Q&A dropped quite the bombshell: that he is writing an Evil Dead TV show along with his brother, Ivan, and Ash himself, Bruce Campbell.

Raimi said no more than that, but it was something of a bolt out of the blue. It’s been an open secret that he and Campbell have been working on a script that could become either Evil Dead IV or Army Of Darkness 2, but that seems to have mutated somewhat.

So, what are your thoughts on this? Excited by the prospect of a weekly dose of Deadites? Given the gory nature of Evil Dead, can a weekly show work? Will it be Ash’s ongoing adventures, or will it see a new group of characters venture to the cabin in the woods every week? And which network will pick up the show? We’ll try our very best to venture down into the fruit cellar and dig up some answers for you.


Comic-Con: Jonathan Pryce And More Join Game Of Thrones

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:44:38 GMT

Comic-Con: Jonathan Pryce And More Join Game Of Thrones

Alexander Siddig, Keisha Castle-Hughes and more set for Season 5

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It has become something of a tradition for the Game Of Thrones team to make some big announcements at Comic-Con, and this year is no different. For Season Five, the cast will swell to include Jonathan Pryce, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Toby Sebastian, DeObia Oparei and Enzo Cilenti.

So, we’re sure you’re asking yourself, who are they playing? Let’s run the list, shall we? Pryce will be the High Sparrow, described as a pious type who has gathered an army of those looking to denounce the corrupt. Siddig is Doran Martell, the older brother of the late Oberyn. Naturally, he will not be a happy man. Also from Oberyn’s clan is Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand, one of his illegitimate daughters.

Henwick is Nym Sand, Oberyn’s second daughter, while Sellers is Tyrene Sand, his third daughter. The Oberyn clan will represent in force this year, with Sebastian as Trystane Martell, Prince Doran’s son and the heir to Dorne.

In non-Martell news, Nell Tiger Free is the new actress playing Myrcella Baratheon, Cersei’s oldest daughter, who was sent to live in Dorne and is betrothed to Doran’s son. Her position has changed somewhat thanks to Oberyn’s death. Oparei will be Areo Hotah, the captain of Doran’s palace guard, while Cilenti will be Yezzan, a wealthy slave trader who isn’t too thrilled with Daenerys Targaryen’s outlawing of the trade.

The show will return next April.


Patrick Wilson Departs Ant-Man

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:44:38 GMT

Patrick Wilson Departs Ant-Man

Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman are also leaving the film

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The Ant-Man production has already lost a director in Edgar Wright. Now it’ll be doing without three actors, as Patrick Wilson, Kevin Weisman and Matt Gerard are also leaving the film.

Before you start ascribing predictions of doom or conspiracy theories, all three appear to simply be caused by production changes. According to Deadline, Weisman and Gerard’s characters were a victim of script rewrites completed by current scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. As for Wilson, he had to drop out because the schedules shifted due to the delay and he has a conflict.

Peyton Reed is currently gearing up to direct the film, which still features Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly in the lead roles. We’d except to hear who might be replacing Wilson in the film soon enough. And there may well be more about the film announced when Marvel puts on its panel at the San-Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.


Comic-Con: First Look At Mad Max: Fury Road

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:29:06 GMT

Comic-Con: First Look At Mad Max: Fury Road

Tom Hardy is the new Road Warrior

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George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road has been many years in the making - in 2003, a version in which Mel Gibson was set to reprise his role as Max Rockatansky, the road warrior himself, had the plug pulled with about 12 weeks before cameras were set to roll. But the Australian writer / director kept beavering away, coming back to the project with Tom Hardy replacing Gibson in the title role, and today in Hall H he unveiled the first footage from the film. And it didn’t disappoint.

It begins with a shot of a long-haired Hardy, seen from behind, standing beside a new version of Max’s famous V8 Interceptor, looking out at the post-apocalyptic desert landscape from a cliff. And we then heard Hardy’s voice for the first and only time in the near four-minutes of footage that followed. “My name is Max,” he growls in voiceover, with an accent that sounded Australian to Empire’s ears. “My world is blood and fire.”

And so it proved. The new issue of Empire features an exclusive and in-depth interview with Miller, in which he reveals that the movie is essentially one long chase sequence, and that certainly seems to be the case. Early on, Max is chased down by a group of steampunk thugs, including Nicholas Hoult’s Nux, and is taken hostage, chained, muzzled and strapped to the trunk of a car as they race through the desert.

We then got glimpses of the chase itself, as Nux and his gang drive directly into a giant series of sandstorms. Miller placed much emphasis on practical stunts and effects while shooting the movie in Namibia, but there was a fair amount of CG in this sequence, whipping cars into the air until they explode, drivers and debris whizzing through the wind. But the stunts and effects did look pretty amazing - it’s been a long time since we saw vehicular mayhem like this on the big screen, and Miller’s determination to make this a visual poem, to pare the dialogue to the minimum, to tell the story through visuals alone, seems to be paying off. 


And then there’s the characters. Nicholas Hoult, bald and caked in white make-up, looks simply deranged as Nux, at one point deciding to try to kill Max by filling his own car with petrol and lighting a flare. We got little impression of Hardy in the footage, strangely enough, as he spent most of it chained to the back of a car, but we imagine that once he gets free, he’ll bring stoicism enough to the role. And then there was Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, a one-armed hardcase who, judging from the footage, saves Max and recruits him in her cause: to outrun the movie’s main villain, Immortan Joe (played by series veteran, Hugh Keays-Byrne, who appeared in the first movie). Again, we got little more than an impression of Furiosa, who drives a giant war rig that becomes the focal point of the movie, but there’s much more to come, with the movie not due in cinemas until next May.

For more from Miller on Fury Road, pick up the new issue of Empire, which is on sale on July 31.








James Gunn Reportedly Writing & Directing Guardians 2

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:29:06 GMT

James Gunn Reportedly Writing & Directing Guardians 2

According to co-writer Nicole Perlman

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It may not sound like the biggest surprise, but give that only a handful of Marvel’s chosen directors have returned for more than one film, it’s still newsworthy for Guardians Of The Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman to tell The Wrap that co-writer / director James Gunn will be back for the sequel.

Marvel has made no official announcement on the matter – though that might happen at its Comic-Con panel this afternoon – but with the positive response to Guardians so far and its healthy box-office tracking, it seems entirely possible that Gunn will be back.

And even despite his own self-professed weariness after giving over two years of his life to making the first film,Gunn has been taking about how pleased he is with the final product and how sad he will be to stop inhabiting the Guardians universe. The gamble of letting him put his offbeat personal stamp on the film certainly appears to have paid off, and Marvel is naturally considering a sequel if the first one performs.

Talking of, Guardians Of The Galaxy, which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace and Michael Rooker, will be out in the UK on July 31.








Edgar Wright Heads For Grasshopper Jungle

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:29:06 GMT

Edgar Wright Heads For Grasshopper Jungle

He's attached to the young adult adaptation

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Though he left Marvel's Ant-Man, it appears Edgar Wright hasn’t got the idea of insects completely out of his system. Sony has now secured his services for the adaptation of Andrew Smith Dutton’s novel Grasshopper Jungle.

It’s an intriguing project for Wright, and very different from anything he’s done before, despite Scott Pilgrim’s blend of youthful issues and fantasy. Beautiful Girls writer Scott Rosenberg is adapting the story, which finds an Iowa teenager in the grip of hormonal madness. Along with his friends, he somehow unleashes a genetically engineered plague that causes six-foot tall praying mantises upon their community and beyond. Teenagers today, huh? Bloomin’ typical: if they’re not playing with their X-stations or their digital watches, they’re playing God.

This will not be Wright’s next film – he most recently re-committed to developing Baby Driver, one of his long-gestating projects. And also lurking around his development chamber is the movie version of The Night Stalker he’s been working on for Disney and Johnny Depp.








Joaquin Phoenix In Early Talks For Doctor Strange

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:29:06 GMT

Joaquin Phoenix In Early Talks For Doctor Strange

He could be the Sorcerer Supreme

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Since Scott Derrickson was confirmed as director, the big question swirling around Marvel’s adaption of Doctor Strange is who will play the Sorcerer Supreme. The question may now have an answer, with The Wrap reporting that Joaquin Phoenix is in early talks about the role.

Despite rumours swirling around such notable names as Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Justin Theroux and Jared Leto, it would appear that Phoenix is closer than anyone to making a deal. That said, there has been no official confirmation and even the site’s sources have specified that there’s no contract in place just yet. Phoenix also seems a surprising choice given his apparent reluctance to take on blockbuster roles in recent years and Marvel’s reputation for having actors sign multi-role contracts.

The character of Doctor Strange was originally conjured from the brains of Stan Lee and art genius Steve Ditko, and began life as a selfish New York surgeon (named Stephen Strange) who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he visits a healer in the Himalayas known as The Ancient One, and learns to tap into psychic powers. In recognition of his selfless efforts to thwart evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo, he’s taught the mystical arts and sets out to defeat other shady sorcerers and various villains.

Strange’s film is expected to be one of the movies recently announced by Marvel for its bumper crop of release dates; the confirmation – with or without Phoenix – should come tomorrow at the company’s San Diego Comic-Con panel.








Comic-Con: First Look At Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:29:05 GMT

Comic-Con: First Look At Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman revealed

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Day three of Comic-Con is traditionally the biggest day of the 'Con, and it kicked off in spectacular fashion today when Zack Snyder dropped by and brought with him the first footage from the currently-filming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

The panel began with concept art from the film - quick shots of Batman standing by his Batmobile, a shot of Superman stumbling out of a ship in what appeared to be Arctic tundra while carrying someone in his arms - but it was the footage that pretty much blew the roof right off Hall H.

It was short but cut right to the heart of the matter. Set at night, in pouring rain, it begins on a rooftop with Ben Affleck’s Batman – in souped-up armour much like he wields in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, including glowing eyes – pulling a tarpaulin off the Bat-Signal. It shines into the sky, and then, illuminated against the clouds, flecked with lightning, standing inside the symbol, is Henry Cavill’s Superman. And he does not look happy, his eyes glowing red with a burgeoning heat-vision ray. The camera tracks in on Batman’s face as he grimaces... and cut to black.

No dialogue at this point, so there’s no idea of what Affleck sounds like as Batman, or indeed a wider sense of the story, but the message is clear: Clark and Bruce are going to face off, and Bruce has enhanced his Batsuit to compensate for the most powerful man alive. 

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After that, Snyder also brought out Cavill, Affleck and Gal Gadot – with the first look at the actress as Wonder Woman flashing around the cavernous arena on screens to say a quick hello. And then, like that – just like the Caped Crusader himself – they were gone. But it’s quite a start for a day that will feature all of the Avengers on stage later on. The gauntlet has been well and truly thrown down.{Batman V Superman Comic Con 2014 Panel}








Comic-Con: First Look At Duncan Jones’ Warcraft

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:13:31 GMT

Comic-Con: First Look At Duncan Jones’ Warcraft

For The Alliance! For The Horde!

Comic-Con: First Look At Duncan Jones’ Warcraft

While no one can deny the appeal of Guillermo del Toro’s return to horror with Crimson Peak, there was an overriding reason why Hall H was standing-room only this afternoon and it was Duncan Jones’ Warcraft. Jones himself was on hand to introduce the presentation, telling fans a little bit about the context for the film.“There is an awful lot to draw on from Warcraft,” he said. “In this case I think it really merits an origin story. We want to show how the world of Azeroth falls into conflict between orcs and humans.”

The first teaser for the film made its debut, opening on an Alliance armoury, bristling with swords, pikes and lion-crested shields. “I’ve spent more time protecting my king than my own son,” says a voice. “Does that make me loyal or a fool?” We cut to ranks of Alliance soldiers including Travis Fimmel seated on a throne. We cut away to the orcs: big, brawny, with big-ass axes, roaming the plains of Durotar. They’re mean-looking and savage, less caricatured than the orcs of World Of Warcraft but not a million miles from the aesthetic seen in the game’s cinematic intro cutscenes. “I’ve led thousands of warriors into battle,” says an orc voice. “Does that make me a leader or a coward?” The footage then kicks into montage mode, cutting between men and orcs hoisting weapons. There’s a glimpse of the Dark Portal, hinting at the orcs’ previous home of Draenor. “Is war the only answer?” Cue battles, Fimmel in full Alliance armour riding a gryphon and crashing down into the fight then a soldier climbing an orc’s back before plunging his blade into its chest. Warcraft!

It’s early days yet (the film only wrapped two months ago) but the footage looked fairly polished. Whether it’s close enough to what fans were expecting to allay the fears of the game’s nine million-odd subscribers is another matter. “We were trying to do the set-building and world-building that was done on Lord Of The Rings, but also [marry it to] the technology of Avatar,” explained Jones. “It was like making both films at once.” The film hits cinemas in March 2016.


Comic-Con: Skull Island Announced

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:13:31 GMT

Comic-Con: Skull Island Announced

King Kong returns in 2016

King Kong

The Legendary panel had a lot of surprises today at Comic-Con - not least the unexpected debut of Michael Mann, here to talk about his cyber thriller, Black Hat - but it concluded with the biggest of them all: a trailer announcing Skull Island, and the return of King Kong.

For a while, many people in Hall H thought that the teaser trailer, announced by Legendary Pictures’ head honcho Thomas Tull, was a sneak peek at Jurassic World, and with its lush, dense jungle landscapes and a shot in which a lizard-like creature could be seen cresting the wave of a roaring river, for a while it looked like it was indeed going to be a return to Isla Nublar.

But the portentous British voiceover that accompanied the trailer, talking about raging seas and penetrating deeper into the heart of darkness (steady now), indicated that this wasn’t going to be the case. And then we saw a cave in the shape of a skull, followed by the sound of something huge stomping through the undergrowth. Pan up to reveal... not a T-Rex, but a giant ape. And not just any ape, but King Kong.

Yes, King Kong.

For Skull Island, as you no doubt know, is the island on which the greatest of all apes lives. So it seems that Skull Island, which came very much out of the blue, will be a movie about King Kong, without being a remake of King Kong. The reel that was shown today was clearly very, very early doors - but Legendary have announced a release date: November 4, 2016, which indicates that a directorial announcement can’t be too far away. Along with more details about the film itself - is Andy Serkis, for example, playing Kong again?

Of course, the news that Legendary now owns the rights to King Kong, on the same day that they announced Godzilla 2 (with Mothra, Ghidorah and Rodan as the monsters Big G will face), raises a very interesting prospect. In this world of shared universes, is Legendary’s big gameplan to bring Godzilla and King Kong together somewhere down the line?


All will be revealed in time. Until then, what are your thoughts on this - excited to see King Kong back on the big screen again?  








Comic-Con: Godzilla 2 Monsters Announced

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:13:31 GMT

Comic-Con: Godzilla 2 Monsters Announced

Mothra! Rodan! Ghidorah!

Ghidorah, Godzilla 2 Monsters Announced

The Legendary panel at this year’s Comic-Con kicked off with big news in every sense. Gareth Edwards (currently at Lucasfilm in San Francisco) sent a video thanking the Comic-Con audience for their support of the first film and officially confirming that Godzilla 2 is will commence as soon as he’s done with his Star Wars film. The big reveal, however, was a short concept reel to cue up what he has in mind for the monster sequel, including three fan-favourite names that quickly caused the resident tokusatsu nuts to lose their kaiju-loving minds.

“There is still one secret that remains hidden,” read the titles. “There are others.” Rodan, Mothra, Ghidorah. “Let. Them. Fight.” For those not entirely au fait with the daikaiju rogues’ gallery, Mothra, shockingly, is a giant moth who first appeared in the 1961 film of the same name. Rodan is a monstrous pteranodon that debuted in 1956, while Ghidorah (aka King Ghidorah) is a three-headed alien dragon that first crashed to earth in 1964’s Ghidora, The Three-Headed Monster. While the film is a ways off at this point and nothing’s set in stone, it seems that Edwards has a four-way battle royal planned for his second Godzilla picture. All we need now is Jet Jaguar and Mecha-Godzilla and it’s a party!

Edwards' recorded message ended with an appearance from the beast itself, bellowing deafeningly into the air before we cut back to Edwards moaning to the cameraman "I don’t even know what he’s saying half the time. He just roars and roars. Get over yourself, you’re not Bryan Cranston!"


Lucy Defeats Hercules At The US Box Office

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:58:22 GMT

Lucy Defeats Hercules At The US Box Office

Scarlett Johansson triumphs over Dwayne Johnson

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This weekend at the US box office it was a battle between brains and brawn. Lucy (the brains), in which Scarlett Johansson stars as a young woman whose intelligence is exponentially boosted by an accidental drug exposure, faced off against Hercules (the brawn), featuring Dwayne Johnson and his famous musculature. In the end, it was brainy beauty that slew the bonce-thumping beast as the Luc Besson thriller bested the Brett Ratner fantasy adventure to take the top spot in the charts with $44 million dollars.

Marking Johansson’s most profitable lead opener (we’re not counting a certain Marvel film), Lucy has become something of a sleeper hit, one that was not expected to beat Johnson’s latest tough-guy role. But from the sound of it, the man they call “franchise Viagra” could use a little in his own box-office performance this time, as Hercules opened to a disappointing $29 million. To compare thusly: Lucy has already earned back its production budget in three days in the US alone, while Hercules will have to sweat and bludgeon overseas audiences to make good on its $100 million plus outlay.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes conceded the top spots to the new arrivals, dropping to third with $16.4 million. It has now made more than $172 million in the US and has passed $353.9 million globally. Expect it to nudge past Rise in the domestic all-time charts within a week or so. The Purge: Anarchy fell from second to fourth, taking in $9.8 million, with Planes: Fire & Rescue sinking to fifth with $9.3 million.

Sex Tape continues to underperform, slipping two places from fourth to sixth and making $5.9 million this weekend, pushing its US total to $26.8 million, Transformers: Age Of Extinction was seventh with $4.6 million. In eighth, Rob Reiner’s latest, the Michael Douglas / Diane Keaton flick And So It Goes became yet another poor performer for the director, launching with $4.5 million despite opening on 1,762 screens. At ninth we find Tammy with $3.4 million and Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted man impressed in limited release (361 screens), opening at tenth with $2.7 million.

To see a young woman take down a hulking warrior in the full chart listings, head to Box Office Mojo.