Empire Movie News

Dan Gilroy Adapting Storming Las Vegas

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:36:48 GMT

Dan Gilroy Adapting Storming Las Vegas

Nightcrawler man working on the script for Antoine Fuqua


After spending years as a writer, working on the likes of 2006’s The Fall and The Bourne Legacy, Dan Gilroy has launched himself as a director with the searing Nightcrawler. But for a new job, he’s switching back to just scriptwriting, signing on to adapt John Huddy’s book Storming Las Vegas, which Antoine Fuqua is set to direct.

To give it its full, marquee-straining title, Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down The Strip to the Tune of Five World Class Hotels, Three Armoured Cars, and Millions of Dollars, the book follows the rags-to-riches story of Jose Vigoa, who has been described as a modern-day Robin Hood.

Born in Cuba, Vigoa was a Soviet army veteran who arrived in Vegas during the ‘90s, when the casinos were trying to push a cleaner image. He and his gang pulled off a violent, 16-month crime wave that saw him hit some of the biggest casinos and get away with millions. But because the businesses didn’t want word of the crimes to damage their brand, a veteran Vegas police officer was told to track him down and keep the incidents out of the papers.

Fuqua has been attached to the project since 2011 and Gilroy’s script could be the kick he needs to commit to actually directing it.

Natalie Portman In Talks For Steve Jobs Film

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:36:47 GMT

Natalie Portman In Talks For Steve Jobs Film

Danny Boyle is looking to bolster his cast


The latest attempt to make a biopic of former Apple boss Steve Jobs has seen some ups and downs recently. Despite a proven creative team that includes Aaron Sorkin scripting and Danny Boyle directing, the film has struggled to lock in a leading man and was even put into turnaround by its original studio, Sony. Now, with the backing of Universal, it appears to be back on track and Natalie Portman has entered talks for a role.

Nothing is known about which character she might play, though Deadline reports it’s a major role. Boyle has Michael Fassbender in talks to play Jobs, while Seth Rogen is circling the role of Steve Wozniak, one of Jobs’ key early collaborators and the co-founder of Apple.

Sorkin’s script adapts Walter Isaacson’s bestselling authorised biography of the man, and focuses on three big moments in Jobs’ corporate life: the launch of the Mac; NeXT (which was introduced after he was removed from the company); and the iPod, launched after his triumphant return. Boyle wants to start shooting next year.

Portman is editing her directorial debut, A Tale Of Love And Darkness and has several films on the way including Jane Got A Gun and Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups.

The Independence Day Sequel Is Greenlit

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:29:58 GMT

The Independence Day Sequel Is Greenlit

Fox makes it officially official


It’s been vapourware. It’s been in various stages of development. It’s been two movies set to shoot back to back. It’s seen writers come and go. And, most recently, it scored a 2016 release date. But even that wasn’t enough to make 20th Century Fox officially hit the “go” button on the Independence Day sequel. Now, though, the green light is flashing and the cameras should be rolling in May.

Roland Emmerich, who has long been the champion of more alien invasion action, has surprisingly not already signed a deal to direct, but given what he’s said about the film in the past months, that’s merely a formality. According to Deadline, the studio will start locking in a cast as soon as Emmerich’s officially on board and it will only be a single film: the double-shot option is not going forward for now. Also not present? Will Smith, who has long since apparently past on appearing. Could he be tempted to relent? It’s not impossible, but don’t count on Captain Steven Hiller showing up.

No mention is made of what the plot will be but the script, currently credited to Carter Blanchard, will likely involve the alien race from the first film arriving at Earth somewhat angered over their comrades’ defeat and humanity scrambling to make use of the technology it has managed to retro engineer from the creatures’ ships.

Whatever happens, the film is scheduled to hit US cinemas on June 24, 2016, and will then arrive here on July 1. That seems like an awfully tight schedule on which to make an effects-heavy film…

First Trailers For Unfinished Business

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:11:39 GMT

First Trailers For Unfinished Business

Vince Vaughn's European work trip

Vince Vaughn’s last collaboration with writer/director Ken Scott, a remake of his Canadian comedy Starbuck into Delivery Man, didn’t exactly set the world alight. So he’ll be hoping for better things with this new team-up, Unfinished Business, which has just put out its first trailer in NSFW Red Band format (below) and the less naughty Green Band variant that is at the bottom of the page.

Vaughn plays Dan, who was unceremoniously sacked by his boss, played by Sienna Miller. Cut to a year later and he’s started his own small business. Now, on the verge of sealing a crucial deal, Dan is travelling to Europe with his two employees, played by Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco to make the final presentation.

Yet when he arrives, he discovers that Miller is also moving in on the deal, and has already been sweet-talking the clients, including James Marsden and Nick Frost. So Dan must go all out to impress, leading to some insane situations. {Unfinished Business Poster}

This one could go either way – and may live or die on its characters. The supporting cast is solid, so we’ll have to wait and see. Unfinished Business makes its way over here on March 6.

Exclusive: Hollywood Stars Put Their Questions To Peter Jackson

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:06:26 GMT

Exclusive: Hollywood Stars Put Their Questions To Peter Jackson

Kit Harington quizzes him on Game Of Thrones

Peter Jackson, Guest Editor-In-Chief of Empire Magazine
Photo: Louise Hatton

One of the many delights of having Peter Jackson as guest editor is the chance to throw questions at him at unexpected times. He’s the boss, so he can hardly refuse to answer. Empire put that theory to the test by enlisting a cadre of movie stars, filmmakers and miscellaneous public figures to ask probing questions of the Kiwi legend. Want to hear Ian McKellen wondering why he was chosen to play Gandalf or the Hoff pitching for a role as an Ent? Tomorrow’s January issue is the place to go. Here's a sample.

Am I going to get a call in three years about The Silmarillion? I just want a head's up, to know now how I'm going to spend my 80th birthday.

You may well be doing The Silmarillion when you're 80, Martin (although God know who you'll be playing - Bilbo doesn't appear in it). But me? I'll be on a beach in Fiji, looking forward to watching it on my iPhone!

Do you like Game Of Thrones?

I'm looking forward to bingeing on them when I'm finished with these Hobbit movies, Kit. I'm a big fan of George R. R. Martin - I loved a book he wrote called Fevre Dream way back when I was a teenager.

There was also plenty of love for Heavenly Creatures from Jackson's big-name interlocutors. It gave him the chance to reminisce happily about a film that also features in a special 20th anniversary feature reuniting its stars Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey in a different part of the issue. "Heavenly Creatures remains a very fond memory," he tells Bill Paxton. "(Co-writer) Fran [Walsh] and I are already working on another Heavenly Creatures-style script. It's a terrific story, and one I look forward to making the next couple of years."{Empire Farewell To Middle-earth Issue Covers}

For the full Q&A, featuring contributions from such luminaries as Julianne Moore, Ben Affleck, Ice Cube, Roger Moore, Gareth Evans, Jason Reitman and Brad Bird, among others, grab a copy of Empire’s Peter Jackson-edited January issue. It will be in all good and not-so-good newsagents on November 28.

Mel Brooks Joins Hotel Transylvania 2

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:34:07 GMT

Mel Brooks Joins Hotel Transylvania 2

As Vlad, Dracula's dad


In 2012’s Hotel Transylvania, the big generational gap was between Dracula (Adam Sandler) and his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). But for the sequel, due next year, the arrival of Drac’s estranged dad Vlad, played by living comedy legend Mel Brooks, will cause even more trouble.

Turns out that Vlad, who spends most of his life living in a cave, doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with his son either. And he’s not the most welcome visitor to the hotel for monsters that sonny boy runs with Mavis and her human beau Jonathan (Andy Samberg). So when he arrives at the hotel during a family get-together, expect issues.

"He’s like my real, honest-to-goodness personality. I'm pretty grumpy," Brooks tells USA Today. "It was a good choice. He doesn't treat Dracula with a lot of respect and they're often at odds. It makes for some wonderful comedy."

Sandler apparently called the man who made Young Frankenstein to offer him the role, and Brooks enjoyed working with him in the voice booth. "He's easy to play vocal Ping-Pong with," he say, while adding that, "he's very helpful in indicating there's more than meets the eye here. There are some complicated feelings that should be expressed, and he helped me with that." 

{Hotel Transylvania 2}

With most of the supporting vocal cast back for the sequel (including Steve Buscemi and Kevin James, with Keegan-Michael Key taking over Murray the Mummy from CeeLo Green), the first film’s director Genndy Tartakovsky is once more overseeing the madness. Hotel Transylvania 2 will be out in the UK on October 9 next year.

New Poster For Peanuts

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:18:33 GMT

New Poster For Peanuts

Dream big

Usually, the poster for a new film arrives before the trailer, but in Charlie Brown’s world, nothing quite goes to plan. So with the latest Peanuts Movie promo already out there (and sitting at the bottom of the page for your visual enjoyment), here’s the new one-sheet image, timed to celebrate the birthday of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. {Peanuts Poster}

Few concrete plot details are about for this one, save that it will, as seems traditional, feature poor ol’ Charlie Brown trying desperately to find something he thinks he needs, only to discover that he’s wrong. And, of course, there will also be a chance to see his loyal hound Snoopy take a flight of fantasy, flitting around Europe in a clash with his old bête noire, The Red Baron.

We’re promised that despite a CG upgrade, the spirit and feeling of the classic Peanuts cartoons we’ve come to know and love, and which are still shown, particularly in the States, as holiday stalwarts. {Peanuts Stills}

The Peanuts Movie will be out here on December 21, 2015, and currently bears the slightly unwieldy title Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie.

New Kingsman: The Secret Service Trailer Lands With Samuel L.Jackson To The Fore

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:01:20 GMT

New Kingsman: The Secret Service UK Trailer And Poster Land

Wham, bam, thank-you Sam

Combining spycraft staples from the era of poison-tipped brollies and dead-drops with raucous action beats of the modern actioner, Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service is Le Carré by way of London’s meaner streets. Tinker Tailor Soulja Spy, as it were. It has a brand new, made-to-measure trailer and a new poster, both of which we’re delighted to be able to debut here.


First impressions? It’s a heck of a sales pitch. The villain and his evil scheme come to the fore a little more here, as Samuel L. Jackson’s Valentine eyes a bunch of chemical weapons with which he can sprinkle liberal helpings of death and destruction on the innocent and just-in-the-way. There’s also more of Sofia Boutella’s Gazelle, the Rosa Klebb to Jackson’s Blofeld, and her amazingly sharp-looking legs. She’s an amputee whose injury has been put to bloody good use, thanks to the addition of two blades, as you can see from this new For Your Eyes Only-homaging poster. {New Kingsman: The Secret Service Poster} Colin Firth plays the suave British secret agent who recognises the raw potential in ex-squaddie Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin (Taron Egerton). He plucks him from his council estate, pops him into Savile Row clobber, sending him out to help take down Jackson’s evil megalomaniac.

Kingsman was originally Vaughn’s idea, reteaming with Jane Goldman for a screenplay that will follow the basic structure of the comic book on which its based. Expect it to veer wildly off in different directions at key moments though.

With the likes of Michael Caine, Mark Hamill, Sophie Cookson and Vaughn stalwart Mark Strong in the cast, Kingsman: The Secret Service will hit UK cinemas on January 29 next year.

James Cameron Talks Avatar Sequels

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:26:28 GMT

James Cameron Talks Avatar Sequels

‘They’re gonna to be bitchin’’

James Cameron and Peter Jackson

While Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Fives Armies hogs the New Zealand limelight, a quiet corner of the North Island houses James Cameron as he beavers away on the scripts for his next two Avatar films, currently known as Avatars 2, 3  and 4 but soon no doubt to be furnished with sexier, more descriptive titles. ‘Eywa Hard With A Vengeance’, that kind of thing.

“I can tell you one thing about them,” Cameron laughs when Empire nonchalantly enquiries about storylines. “They’re gonna be bitchin’. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open.”

Despite early rumours of a move to 60 frames per second, 48 is Cameron’s choice of frame rate for the sequels. “My thinking at the time was that 60 [FPS] might be a better segue to the video market,” he says. “I’ll be plugging into a system that’s a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point.”

The writer/director has divided the two scripts across a writing team that includes Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno. “I think we met for seven months and we whiteboarded out every scene in every film together,” Cameron explains, “and I didn’t assign each writer which film they were going to work on until the last day. I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they’d tune out every time we were talking about the other movie,” he laughs.

As part of January’s Peter Jackson-edited issue, Cameron also chatted about his burgeoning relationship with the Kiwi filmmaking doyen. As it turns out, Jackson and his writing team, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, made a significant contribution to Avatar. “When Neytiri is holding Jake and she’s just brought him back to consciousness, the 'I see you' line was suggested by them,” remembers Cameron. “It might have been Peter who said that.”{Empire Farewell To Middle-earth Issue Covers}

Pick up the new issue of Empire – on sale on November 27 – for much more from Cameron on his plans for the Avatar sequels, Jackson and life in the Wairarapa Valley.

Andy Serkis Talks The Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:55:22 GMT

Andy Serkis Talks The Avengers: Age Of Ultron

As Empire heads into The Imaginarium...

Andy Serkis and the Imaginarium
Andy Serkis, photographed exclusively for Empire at The Imaginarium, Ealing Studios.
Photography: Steve Neaves

Actor, director and performance-capture pioneer, Andy Serkis can now add the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a list of working habitats that already includes Middle-earth, the Californian redwoods and Marlinspike Hall. As part of the new issue of Empire, guest-edited by one Peter Jackson, he welcomed the magazine into his mo-cap wonderland, The Imaginarium, to talk about The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, among many other things.

“We did some work on Ultron,” Serkis reveals. “On the development of Ultron before James Spader came on board. In terms of movement styles: was he gonna be human-like? Was he going to be robot-like? So we worked with a bunch of different people, from body-popping experts to dancers, to this guy called Neil who’s nearly eight feet tall...”

Shelving thoughts of Age Of Ultron: Electric Boogaloo, conversation turned to the hands-on work his team did with James Spader and Mark Ruffalo – Ultron and Hulk, of course – to hone the physicality of their characters. “We gave Mark weights, we had voice projections so he could do his Hulk roar,” he explains. “On screen we could have a virtual representation of the low-res avatar of The Hulk, so he could come out and feel that sense of scale.”

Serkis’s “creative laboratory” is thriving as his own directorial debut, Jungle Book: Origins, takes shape and other filmmakers like Gareth Evans come to refine their own CG creations. A digital lump of clay to be pulled, shaped and moulded, is how the man himself phrases it.{Empire Farewell To Middle-earth Issue Covers}

Pick up the January issue of Empire, onsale on December 27, for much more from Serkis on The Imaginarium, Ultron, Lord Of The Rings, Planet Of The Apes and the future of performance-capture.

Chris Pratt And Bryce Dallas Howard In First Jurassic World Trailer Lands

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:08:52 GMT

First Jurassic World Trailer Lands

‘You made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea...’

The first trailer for Jurassic World has arrived. It’s an adventure a whole stack of years in the making, so without any to-do here’s the YouTube for you to view in full.

It's more CG-heavy than perhaps we're used to, but all the key beats are present and correct, including the big gate, that John Williams’ piano motif and a herd of Gallimimus galloping past our heroes, as well as one “we-want-to-see-this-NOW” moment when an aquatic dinosaur leaps from the water, Shamu-style, and gobbles an entire Great White. In one. Without cutlery.

According to our in-depth research*, that dinosaur is a Plesiosaurus, a colossal waterborne carnivore, but if you’re a palentologist (or 65 million years old) please correct us on that count. The key dino in this story, though, remains unrevealed: a genetically modified critter with a super-brain and a big appetite. As Chris Pratt’s dino-wrangler points out, messing with the DNA of these creatures is not a policy likely to reap major benefits. Sure enough, the Jurassic World management are soon hitting the giant button with "Run away!" on it.

Jurassic World is set years after Steven Spielberg’s original film, at a time when Jurassic Park is a functioning attraction on Isla Nublar. In fact, it does its job so well that dinosaurs are almost commonplace. The corporate types who run the Park have been pushing for bigger, better and more imposing creatures, and we can’t help but figure that’s when things start to get scare-shaped again.

Pratt plays a scientist doing behavioural research on the 'raptors when the park has a few lethal issues. Howard, meanwhile, will be one of the team involved in the place. Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Judy Greer, B.D. Wong, Katie McGrath and Lauren Lapkus also show up in Jurassic World, which arrives in cinemas on June 12, provided you say the magic word.

{New Jurassic World Stills}

* Wikipedisaurus

Leviathan Wins Best Film At CamerImage

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:22:07 GMT

Leviathan Wins Best Film At CamerImage

Poland cinematography fest anoints the Oscar hopeful

Poland's CamerImage, a film festival that runs each year in Bydgoszcz, is dedicated in large measure to celebrating the art of cinematography. With that craft in mind, it's perhaps no surprise that Leviathan, Andrey Zvyagintsev's austere and striking parable of modern Russia, took home this year's big prize: the Golden Frog. Its DP, Mikhail Krichman, also won for his cinematography. The film is Russia’s official bid for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. {CamerImage} CamerImage 22 officially closed on with a lavish awards ceremony in the main theater of Bydgoszcz’s imposing Opera Nova opera house. Golden Frogs were bestowed on The Black Stallion and The Natural's Caleb Deschanel, who picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award (click here to see Breaking Bad DP Michael Slovis explain why), The Right Stuff's Philip Kaufman, who won the corresponding award for direction, and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader, Trash) for Excellence in Directing.

An indication of the wealth and sheer number of films on offer at this year’s festival is the amount of competitions it encompasses. These were the winners in full:


Golden Frog: Leviathan

Silver Frog: Omar

Bronze Frog: Mommy

Best Polish Film: Hardkor Disko


Golden Frog: Grand Prix: Blood

Special Mention: Monte Adentro


Best 3D Documentary Film: Beyond the Edge

Best 3D Feature Film: The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Nicole Kidman Plans To Tell Big Little Lies

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:33:06 GMT

Nicole Kidman Plans To Tell Big Little Lies

Reese Witherspoon also set for the limited series


Limited series – or, as we tend to call them in the UK, miniseries – have become something of a hot trend across the pond, spurred, no doubt, by the success of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective’s first season. So the chance to dip into a short run on TV is clearly appealing to the likes of Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, who are attached to star in and produce Big Little Lies.

David E. Kelley, a man with no little TV experience (he created The Practice, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences among others) has signed on to adapt Liane Moriarty’s bestselling dark comedy tome.

Big Little Lies follows three very different suburban mothers whose lives are at a crossroads. Madeline is the alpha-mom dealing with her ex-husband and his new wife moving into her beachside community. Then there’s her beautiful friend Celeste, who appears to be queen of the school crowd but finds that it comes with a price. New to the area is Jane, a young single mother who befriends the other two but may be more than she seems...

Kidman and Witherspoon partnered up with their production companies to option the book in August as a potential film, but now appear to be shopping the project around to cable networks and the newer players in the telly world, the streaming services. Given the names involved, someone will likely snap it up soon.

Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim Sequel

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:33:06 GMT

Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim Sequel

'It’s a few years after the first one...'


We’ve known for a while that at least one Pacific Rim sequel is in active development, with another still bubbling away in director Guillermo del Toro’s mind. But what of the next film, headed our way in 2017? Del Toro, doing the press rounds for the Blu-ray release of The Strain, seems ready to share a few details about what we can expect.

So when does the story for the second Pacific Rim film fit into the timeline? “It’s a few years after the first one,” says del Toro. “It’s not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after – what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It’s quite a jump.”

Don’t worry, it won’t be entirely giant beastie free: we’re not going to be spending the film with Jaeger crews forming a rounders league or using their machines as a giant Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots set. But the focus will be on that post-Kaiju world initially, and del Toro has figured out that Charlie Day’s Newton Geiszler and Burn Gorman’s Gottlieb, the two squabbling scientists from the original, will definitely return.

“I think that two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie.They are probably the guys I have the most fun writing, along with Hannibal Chau, so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them,” the director admits. “You’re gonna get a lot of that, but the Kaijus are very different and you’re gonna see a very different type of the robots I think. It’s gonna be quite a different adventure.” As for the likes of Charlie Hunnam’s Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi’s Mako Mori? We’ll have to wait and see. Perhaps they’ll be the focus of the third film, assuming that comes to pass...

Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled to stomp all over our cinemas on April 7, 2017.

Birdman and Boyhood Lead Indie Spirit Nominations

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:33:06 GMT

Birdman and Boyhood Lead Indie Spirit Nominations

Nightcrawler and more also score nods


Hollywood might be slowly shutting down for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the awards conveyor belt rarely stops. Tuesday was the turn of the Indie Spirit Nominations, announced this year by Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna. Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood were leaders of the pack in terms of nominations.

Yet there was also room for the likes of Nightcrawler, Whiplash and lesser known films such as vampire tale A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and The One I Love. We’re also happy to see Obvious Child and Blue Ruin in there with a chance. The awards ceremony happens on February 21, as usual the day before the Oscars. The main categories are below and the full lust can be found lurking at the Film Independent Spirit Awards’ official site.

Best Feature
Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)
Love Is Strange

Best Director
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
Ava DuVernay – Selma
Alejandro Iñárritu – Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
David Zellner – Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Best Screenplay
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski – Big Eyes
J.C. Chandor – A Most Violent Year
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
Jim Jarmusch – Only Lovers Left Alive
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias – Love Is Strange

Best First Feature
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Dear White People
Obvious Child
She's Lost Control

Best First Screenplay

Desiree Akhavan - Appropriate Behavior
Sara Colangelo - Little Accidents
Justin Lader - The One I Love
Anja Marquardt - She's Lost Control
Justin Simien - Dear White People

John Cassavetes Award
Blue Ruin
It Felt Like Love
Land Ho!
Man From Reno

Best Female Lead
Marion Cotillard – The Immigrant
Rinko Kikuchi – Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
Tilda Swinton – Only Lovers Left Alive

Best Male Lead
André Benjamin – Jimi: All Is By My Side
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)
John Lithgow– Love Is Strange
David Oyelowo – Selma

Best Supporting Female
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Carmen Ejogo – Selma
Andrea Suarez Paz – Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors
Emma Stone – Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)

Best Supporting Male

Riz Ahmed – Nightcrawler
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Alfred Molina – Love Is Strange
Edward Norton – Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Best Cinematography
The Immigrant
Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)
It Felt Like Love
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Best Editing
A Most Violent Year
The Guest

Best Documentary
20,000 Days On Earth
Stray Dog
The Salt Of The Earth

Best International Film
Force Majeure
Norte, The End Of History
Under The Skin

John C. Reilly Rounds Up Les Cowboys

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:33:06 GMT

John C. Reilly Rounds Up Les Cowboys

He's set for Thomas Bidegain's directorial debut


After writing the likes of Rust And Bone and A Prophet, script man Thomas Bidegain is taking the chance to make his film-directing debut with a drama called Les Cowboys. He’s just landed John C. Reilly to join the cast.

Les Cowboys, which Bidegain wrote with regular collaborator Noé Debré, follows a father (François Damiens) who discovers that his daughter has disappeared after she started dating a young Muslim fundamentalist. He teams up with his son (Finnegan Oldfield) to find her, travelling around the globe from Lyon to Pakistan and ends up having to recruit help from an American headhunter (Reilly). As you might have guessed from his previous credits, this is not Bidegain turning to knockabout farce for his first turn in the director's chair.

“Les Cowboys touches on serious issues which have social, political and religious implications but our primary endeavour with this film is to depict how the disappearance of this daughter breaks apart the family and the tragedy that stems from it,” producer Alain Attal told Variety.

Reilly was most recent seen in Guardians Of The Galaxy and has several films on the way including Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, indie comedy drama Entertainment and historical fantasy The Tale Of Tales.

New UK Trailer For The Interview

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:33:06 GMT

New UK Trailer For The Interview

James Franco and Seth Rogen are going to North Korea

It may not have the Red Band madness of the previous promo, but this new UK trailer for The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, does at least feature a puppy and Rogen being menaced by a tiger. So, there’s that.

Franco is Dave Skylark, the none-too-bright but very popular host of celebrity tabloid TV show Skylark Tonight. When he and producer/best pal Aaron Rapoport learn that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a huge fan of their work, they manage to land an interview with the tyrant, seeing it as their chance to establish themselves as legitimate journalists.

But with their travel to Pyongyang booked, the CIA decides that Dave and Aaron are the best shot they have at assassinating Kim, and set about finding a way for the two least qualified men imaginable to off a world leader. Naturally, things do not go quite to plan...

With Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Timothy Simons and Diana Bang in the cast, The Interview will hit UK screens on February 6 next year.

Ridley Scott Not Planning To Direct Blade Runner Sequel

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:17:55 GMT

Ridley Scott Not Planning To Direct Blade Runner Sequel

But he'll produce it for someone else to make


With Exodus: Gods And Kings fast approaching, Ridley Scott has naturally been out on the publicity tour rounds. During a hefty profile in Variety, the little morsel dropped that the director is apparently no longer planning to make the long-gestating sequel to Blade Runner.

But before you panic (or celebrate, depending on your feelings about the purported sequel), simmer down: the film is still on track to be made, just with Scott producing and someone else directing. As for what the plot will be, he’s not spilling specifics just yet, but reports that he’s figured something out with Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher. “We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one,” says Scott.

And what of the other seemingly vital element for a Blade Runner follow-up, one Harrison Ford? Sounds like he will be in it, but not immediately. “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.”

So there you have it. Does Scott’s decision to not direct the film make you worry? And do you like the idea that the film’s focus will be less on Ford’s Rick Deckard and more on other people tracking him down? And do you think the director might change his mind and take up the reins again once he finishes work on his next job, The Martian? Let us know on Twitter and in the comments section. Exodus: Gods And Kings, meanwhile, is out on December 26.

Joe Wright's Pan Teaser Trailer Arrives

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:17:55 GMT

Joe Wright's Pan Teaser Trailer Arrives

Head off to Neverland

With the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday in the States, Trailer Thursday has clearly been swapped with Trailer Tuesday as a huge batch of new promos has just landed. One of the bigger ones, since it features the first proper footage from the movie, is for Peter Pan origin story Pan. Take a look at the teaser below, and find new stills and posters lurking lower down the page. 

Pan, directed by Atonement’s Joe Wright, aims to put a new spin on J.M. Barrie’s story, exploring how Neverland’s most famous young resident came to be. In this version, Peter (Levi Miller) is a lad in an orphanage abandoned by his mother, who has nevertheless left a note saying she hopes to come and reunite with him – cryptically in this world or another. {Pan Pics}

But before that can happen, our hero is indeed whisked off to another world, as he’s kidnapped by the dread pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman, walking the line between panto and pulp). Put to work in the mines, he meets a charming, cocky, Indiana Jones-style rogue named James Hook and the pair escapes, only to land in the clutches of the local natives, led by Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). And that’s just the start of Peter's adventures. {Pan Character Posters}

With Amanda Seyfried, Jack Charles, Tae-joo Na, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Kurt Egyiawan, Lewis MacDougall and Leni Zieglmeier also aboard, Pan is out on July 17 next year. 

New Sherlock Image Released

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:17:55 GMT

New Sherlock Image Released

Holmes & Watson play dress up for the special


The boys are back! And they’ve dressed up for the occasion too. Yes, while we’ll all have to be frighteningly patient for the return of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the next special and series of Sherlock, the Beeb have taken pity on the Cumber Collective and the Free… masons? By releasing a new pic of the leads in costume.

And how about those costumes? Either Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be going back in time for the new special, or there are some period garb adventures afoot. What larks!

So far, that’s about all we know of the new one-off special, written by series co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, aside from the BBC tweeting a picture of the special’s read-through script, which clearly belongs to Gatiss, so if anything else leaks, we know who will be getting a visit from the security squad. Still, he does play Mycroft, so if anyone knows about keeping things quiet...

Now, of course, we start to wonder what will happen to our favourite detectives. Gatiss (him again) gave an interview in which he said to “expect tragedy”, but beyond that it’s anyone’s guess. Will they really follow Conan Doyle’s lead and see Watson become a widower?

Sherlock is set to return around Christmas. But Christmas 2015, which means it’s still more than a year away and hasn’t even officially begun shooting yet. To keep your Baker Street cravings under control, pleased to be enjoying our Podcast chat with Moffat and Gatiss from earlier this year.