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New Trailer for Seventh Son

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:19:39 GMT

New Trailer for Seventh Son

Jeff Bridges gets his Gandalf on

We saw the first footage from Seventh Son over a year ago at the 2013 ComicCon. Since then it's had a somewhat leisurely journey to the screen thanks to the divorce proceedings between Warner Bros. and Legendary. But having now settled into its new Universal custody, here's a celebratory new trailer for the fantasy adventure. Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes and Alicia Vikander star, and the director is Sergei Bodrov.

The film is an adaptation of The Spook's Apprentice, the first of Joseph Delaney's best-selling kids series The Wardstone Chronicles. Barnes plays seventh-son-of-a-seventh-son Tom, Luke Skywalker to Bridges' Ben Kenobi, learning the ropes of witch-hunting and coming to terms with his supernatural abilities. Their first major adversary is Moore's Mother Malkin, although it's not the first time Gregory has encountered her: he buried her in a pit covered with magic-countering iron bars years before (that kind of half-arsed temporary solution never turns out well). Vikander's role is Malkin's daughter Alice, who may or may not be a chip off the old block. 

"We live in a world now where legend and nightmare are real," intones Bridges. We can't see whether he says it with a straight face because, for trailer purposes at least, it's a voiceover. Expect some guff genre dialogue then, but also be prepared for some decent action around all the CG beasties: Bodrov previously directed Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan, and knows his way around a swordfight.

The excellent cast also includes Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue and Jason Scott Lee. Seventh Son finally arrives in the UK on February 6 next year.


First Poster For Kill Me Three Times

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:19:39 GMT

First Poster For Kill Me Three Times

Simon Pegg has the killer instinct

We’ve seen Simon Pegg kill a lot of people on screen – but those were largely zombies or villains. For comic thriller Kill Me Three Times, he’ll play a more morally dubious type. The first poster for the film has arrived, complete with a smoking gun. Sorry, smoking matchbook. 

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Pegg plays Charlie Wolfe, a mercurial assassin hired to take out a beautiful woman (Alice Braga) in a sun-baked surfing town. But he soon discovers that he’s not the only person trying to kill her and he’s quickly entangled in three strange tales of murder, blackmail and revenge. 

There’s Sullivan Stapleton as a gambling addict who is looking to score a hefty pay-out to settle his debts through a risky life insurance scam, Teresa Palmer as a Lady Macbeth type scheming her way through a small town, Callan Mulvey as a jealous beach club owner, Luke Hemsworth as a surfer fighting for the woman he loves and Bryan Brown as a corrupt cop with a thing for bribes.

With Kriv Stenders calling the shots from James McFarland’s script, Kill Me Three Times is set to premiere next month at the Toronto Film Festival, where it’ll be looking to score some worldwide distribution support.








New Foxcatcher Trailer Arrives

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:19:39 GMT

New Foxcatcher Trailer Arrives

The true-life drama has a new promo

Following rave reviews and early awards buzz at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s latest, Foxcatcher is headed towards cinemas, bringing another compelling blend of real-life sports drama and complicated characters. The brief new trailer has landed and can be seen below. 

Foxcatcher, written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, tells the gripping, real-life story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). They’re invited to launch a wrestling academy funded by the eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune.

Though it seems like a great opportunity, things turn darkly tragic when the paranoid schizophrenic du Pont lashes out. This latest teaser offers a glimpse into the darker, more driven heart of du Pont, and gives a clearer indication of just how different a performance this is from Carell.

With Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall helping fill out the cast, Foxcatcher arrives in the US on November 14 and will make it to the UK on January 9 next year.








Podcast #126: Jon Hamm, Richard Ayoade

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:19:39 GMT

Podcast #126: Jon Hamm, Richard Ayoade

Pick your favourite villain's lair... if you dare

After several weeks' of hype, the Richard Ayoade interview you've been waiting for is finally here, accompanied by some Mad Man - you see? Because of the TV show? And humour? - called Jon Hamm, with the former here to talk about The Double's Blu-ray release and the latter discussing Million Dollar Arm's cinema release. And beards.

Elsewhere, the issue issue has its trumpet blown, Doctor Who gets a brief going over, and the villainous lairs of villainous movie villains are given the Location, Location, Location treatment. Why? Because you asked for it.

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First Footage From Lava

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:04:10 GMT

First Footage From Lava

Pixar's latest short

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 via Yahoo. 

While we’re loathe to say too much about the plot (we’d much rather 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.


The Rewrite Trailer Arrives

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:48:50 GMT

The Rewrite Trailer Arrives

Hugh Grant's going back to school. As a teacher...

Hugh Grant and director Marc Lawrence have worked together three times before in the past, and it appears they’re channelling at least one of their previous projects, Music And Lyrics, for new rom-com The Rewrite. Check out what we mean by watching the first trailer for the film below.

Grant swaps being a songwriter for a screenwriter in this one. He’s Keith Michaels, a man who once ruled the world in Hollywood with awards aplenty, a hit film on his resume and a beautiful wife. But cut to 15 years later and he’s divorced, broke, depressed and hasn’t written a successful film in ages.

When his agent suggests he take a job as a screenwriting teacher at a small town university, he initially scoffs at the idea before realising he needs a paying job – any job. Grouchily taking the gig because he thinks it’ll be a chance to keep the lights on and potentially research a new script, he’s also delighted to see he can select his students, and starts loading up his class with attractive young women.

Yet even as he rubs the rest of the faculty the wrong way, he finds an unexpected bond with Holly (Marisa Tomei), a single mother working two jobs to pay for her education, and he realises he’s been looking for connection in all the wrong places.

Yes, it doesn’t look like there are too many surprises here, but Grant gets to be grouchy and he’s surrounded by a good cast that includes Allison Janney J.K. Simmons, Chris Elliott and Bella Heathcote. The Rewrite has flown somewhat under the radar so far and is set to arrive here on October 10. We can only hope there's a comedy moment as golden as Music And Lyrics' Pop! Goes My Heart.


Rosewater Trailer Hits The Web

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:33:18 GMT

Rosewater Trailer Hits The Web

Gael Garcia Bernal runs into trouble in Iran

Usually found cracking wise and dishing out snark about American politics from behind his desk at The Daily Show, Jon Stewart took a sabbatical last summer to film his directorial debut, Rosewater, which he adapted from Maziar Bahari’s best-selling memoir. The trailer for the film is now online courtesy of Apple.

Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Bahari, a Tehran-born journalist who has settled outside of his home country, gotten married and is eagerly awaiting the birth of his first child. In June 2009, he accepts an assignment to return to Iran and interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the upcoming elections.

With vote rigging rife and protests rising against the corrupt regime, Bahari is initially hesitant to get involved, but shoots footage of street rioting for the BBC. He’s arrested and spends 118 days being interrogated and tortured by a man who identifies himself as “Rosewater”.

As Bahari’s wife and the international media lead a campaign to secure his freedom, he’s offered the chance for release on bail if he promises to spy for the government…

Rosewater is set for release in the US on November 7, but doesn’t yet have a UK date.


Exclusive New Poster For '71

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:52:10 GMT

Exclusive New Poster For '71

There may be Troubles ahead

Set over one terrifying night during a pivotal period of the Troubles, '71 is a thriller that will make your nerves audibly jangle and even your popcorn break out in a light sweat. It stars man-of-moment Jack O'Connell in another life-and-death military turn to add to his work in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken. This time, he's a British soldier left to fend for himself in territory that, as the film's new poster suggest, is hardly rolling out the red carpet for squaddies. {'71 Poster} O'Connell is Gary Hook, a newbie infantryman who is separated from his comrades when a raid goes horribly wrong. Like Carol Reed's Odd Man Out in reverse, Hook is left to negotiate a deadly rabbit warren of alleys, houses and darkened streets as he seeks to evade the IRA men hunting him down. But will he make it through the night? Frankly, we don't know, but we're strapping in for the ride.

TV director Yann Demange, of Top Boy and Criminal Justice, is the man cranking as much tension as humanly possible from Gregory Burke's screenplay. The Scottish writer is no stranger to this kind of terrain - his play Black Watch tackled the titular regiment's travails in Iraq - and the early buzz on his first film script is equally positive.

Belfast native David Holmes, a man who remembers this fraught period in his city's history first hand, has provided the score, while Under The Skin production designer Chris Oddy is responsible for recreating the nightmarish cityscape that would give even Snake Plissken the collywobbles.

'71 arrives in UK cinemas on October 10.

 








Exclusive First Look At Marco Polo

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:02:05 GMT

Exclusive First Look At Marco Polo

Marco? Polo!

Explorer, trader and inventor of swimming pool and hide-and-seek games, Italian adventurer Marco Polo is the subject of a new TV miniseries that charts his 13th century exploits. The show lands on Netflix on December 12, and, like a merchant laying their spicy wares at our feet, it has some first-look stills revealing the Oriental treasures in store. Click on the photos for a closer look. {Marco Polo Stills} The Venetian, whose permanent gap year took him as far as China and was recounted in his epic travelogue The Travels Of Marco Polo, is played by newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy. The ten-part series, produced for the on-demand service by Harvey Weinstein and company, will see his traveller discovering that the intriguing and betrayals of Kublai Khan’s court is even more fiddly to negotiate than whatever A-road connects Venice with Ancient Mongolia.

Joining Richelmy are Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas’s Megan Sixsmith) as alluring siren Kokachin, Benedict Wong as Khan and Twin Peaks’ Joan Chen as his empress.

Kon-Tiki co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have directed the first two episodes from scripts penned by show creator John Fusco. His previous screenplays for Young Guns, Young Guns II, Thunderheart and Hidalgo, among others, have had a distinct Western flavour. Marco Polo's December air date is the time to find out whether he's translated any of that into a genre-mash of yak stampedes and Mongolian stand-offs.


Anthony Russo Talks Captain America 3

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:31:17 GMT

Anthony Russo Talks Captain America 3

The Winter Soldier will return...

While it's no surprise, given the hanging plot threads and post-credits teasing, that Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes might continue to be a presence in Captain America 3, co-director Anthony Russo has once more confirmed his immediately ongoing presence. He's also provided some musings on the issues that are currently energising the production team.

"Is the Winter Soldier the world’s most dangerous assassin that’s ever lived or the world’s longest serving P.O.W.?” Russo asked MTV. “Is he responsible for his actions since he was turned into the Winter Soldier, or is he innocent by reason of insanity? Where does this character live now? Is he ever going to be acceptable again to Cap in the way he once was, before he was the Winter Soldier? Those are the really complicated relationship questions and philosophical questions and emotional questions that intrigued us moving forward.”

Plot specifics are, unsurprisingly, unforthcoming at the moment, so it's unclear how big a part those issues will play in the threequel. But they are, Russo says, "definitely one layer". He won't be drawn on Jeremy Renner's recent teasing that Hawkeye might be significantly involved, but tells movies.com "We just got another incredible draft from the writers [Christopher Marcus and Stephen McFeely, as last time] and are very excited about the film. I can't divulge who is going to be in it, but I think the fans are going to freak out when they hear about it."

Captain America 3 - subtitle to be added later - apparently picks up a couple of years after the most recent film, giving Steve Rogers time to reunite with his Avengers pals and battle Ultron, and Anthony and Joe Russo the opportunity to bring Agent Carter to TV. We'll see Hayley Atwell's spy first in January 2015, followed by Avengers: Age Of Ultron on April 24. Cap 3 arrives on May 6, 2016.

 


Scorsese Attached To Ramones Biopic?

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:13:43 GMT

Scorsese Attached To Ramones Biopic?

Martin is a punk rocker

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of seminal New York punk rockers The Ramones, and in another two years it'll be the 40th anniversary of their first album. There is, as you might expect, considerable activity beginning to bubble in the form of planned Ramones celebrations, not least of which, according to Billboard, is a biopic that Martin Scorsese may be attached to direct.

Billboard drop the information almost casually into a larger piece about last weekend's Johnny Ramone tribute at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, attended by Guns N'Roses' Duff McKagen and The Clash's Steve Jones, and hosted by Rob Zombie. There are no further details, but The Wrap have since chimed in with their own unnamed source confirming Scorsese's interest in the film.

There's no writer involved yet, and development is only at its earliest stages, but if the Scorsese intel isn't exactly solid, it's certainly plausible. The director's enthusiasm for the music of that era is evident in many of his soundtracks, and his early films like Mean Streets and Taxi Driver take place almost exactly where the Ramones were belting out their nascent gabba-gabba-hey.

Sadly, none of the original Ramones are still with us: drummer Tommy died in July, and singer Joey, guitarist Johnny and bass player Dee Dee all passed away between 2001 and 2004. The estate was split for a while between Johnny's wife Linda and Joey's brother Mickey, with disagreements between the two stymieing any future projects for a while.

Those differences, whatever they were, have now been ironed out, and a documentary, theatrical play, book and album remasters are all in the works along with the feature film. If Scorsese is involved as a director rather than just a producer, he certainly won't get to the Ramones at least until he's done with Silence, starring Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe and Andrew Garfield and due into production early next year. He might be cutting it fine for the 40th celebrations then, but it sounds as if there'll be plenty to keep us distracted if he's late to the party.








Steve Carell Attached To Acme Film For Warners

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:11:49 GMT

Steve Carell Attached To Acme Film For Warners

Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are writing the Looney Tunes spin-off

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With Warner Bros. still trying to bring the Looney Tunes crew back to cinemas in some fashion, it appears the current project has evolved considerably. In development since at least 2010, the film now seems focused on the Acme Company seen most often in the Road Runner cartoons, has Steve Carell attached to star and X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz on board to crank out the script.

Unless this is somehow a divergent movie from the one we last checked in on back in 2012 – when Saturday Night Live veteran Jenny Slate was hired to write a script for a story that appeared more closely focused on the actual Looney Tunes team a la 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back In Action – the drive here is to create something that blends CG and live-action but instead explores the Acme factory and its products.

How Carell fits into that, and indeed what the actual plot will be, is being kept quiet, but The Hollywood Reporter also brings word that Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in negotiations to call the shots, a move that would reunite them with the actor. Regular Warners producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin are overseeing development, crossing their fingers that they can achieve something along the lines of The Lego Movie in terms of popularity, and kick off a franchise. We’ll see if this one creeps any closer to becoming a reality now it has a new creative team falling into place.








New Poster For The Judge

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:11:49 GMT

New Poster For The Judge

Downey! Duvall! The Dock!

A few weeks on from the first trailer and poster, here's a new bit of promo imagery for The Judge, courtesy of Robert Downey Jr. himself. Downey co-stars with Robert Duvall in David Dobkin's comedy drama and posted this latest image on Twitter.{New Judge Poster}

The Judge follows big shot lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.), who reluctantly returns to his childhood home when his mother dies. There, he discovers that his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is being investigated for murder. So the man who walked away from his family years ago now finds himself having to reconnect with the man he’s tried to avoid. Cue drama!{The Judge First Look}

Alongside Downey Jr. himself, the cast includes Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard, Jeremy Strong, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester, David Krumholtz and Sarah Lancaster. The Judge arrives in the UK on October 24. 

 

 


New Horns Trailer Launches

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:11:49 GMT

New Horns Trailer Launches

Daniel Radcliffe's going through hell

We’ve had at least one trailer already for Horns, adapted from Joe Hill’s ace horror thriller, and because the film is due out in a couple of months, a new promo has cropped up over at Yahoo. Those of you who haven't read the book may want to tread lightly here, because there are hints at a mahooosive spoiler within.

Daniel 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. {Horns character posters}{New Horns Images} {Horns Teaser Poster}

The new promo gives us an even better look at Radcliffe’s haunted, angry Ig, and how the community around him reacts when it thinks he’s the one responsible for Merrin’s death. Above you can see the US and UK posters for the film, as well as two stills from the movie

With Alexandre Aja in the director’s chair and David Morse, Max Minghella, Kathleen Quinlan, Heather Graham and James Remar among those filling out the cast, Horns arrives in the UK on October 29, and in the US on Halloween.








David Frankel Set For Departure

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:11:49 GMT

David Frankel Set For Departure

He'll direct the science fiction romance

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He’s directed rom-coms and dog-coms, films about birders and movies about fashion fiends. But now David Frankel appears ready to take on the sci-fi genre, albeit blending in a little romance for good measure, with Departure.

Captain Phillips’ Billy Ray wrote the script, which draws on a real-life mid-air mystery. The film will be set in Miami in 1973 and finds a genius investigating how a 727 disappeared into thin air, only to reappear in the exact same spot ten minutes later. As the phenomenon spreads to other planes in the sky, our hero’s world is thrown into chaos and he’s given extra drive when someone he loves is on one of the craft affected.

The screenplay is partly inspired by Martin Caidin’s book Ghosts Of The Air, which contains real accounts from pilots who have been through such strange anomalies. Production company Good Universe is backing this one, and will be looking for a distributor now the movie has a director in place.

Frankel last made Paul Potts drama One Chance and is developing a number of projects including a TV movie adaptation of Douglas Coupland’s novel Girlfriend In A Coma.


Latest Paddington Poster And Image Online

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:56:20 GMT

Latest Paddington Poster And Image Online

Creepy Kidman?

Having survived the wholesale replacement of his voice – with Ben Whishaw taking over for Colin Firth when his film’s team decided to go in a younger direction with the character – Paddington Bear is now headed for our cinemas with all due speed. To remind us of that fact, and even though this new image carries the US release date (we see the film November 28), here is the latest poster for his new cinematic outing, courtesy of Moviefone. {New Paddington Poster}

The furry friend with the marmalade fetish is hitting screens thanks to Bunny And The Bull director Paul King, marshalling a script he wrote via a mix of live-action and CG. The story sees Paddington come to stay with the Browns, led by Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins. There, while he’s good-natured, his inquisitive inclinations lead him into trouble more than once.

And that’s not his biggest problem, either. The real challenge is the driven taxidermist, Millicent (Nicole Kidman), who feels Paddington would look best stuffed and on her wall. Speaking of which, you can get a first glimpse of her via the furred one’s Twitter feed. 

With Julie Walters, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin and Jim Broadbent filling out the rest of the human cast, Paddington will, as mentioned, arrive in cinemas on November 28.








Jamie Dornan Will Live The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:40:44 GMT

Jamie Dornan Will Live The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax

Alexandre Aja's new psycho-thriller

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Apparently destined to forever star in films with numbers in the title after his work in Fifty Shades Of Grey, Jamie Dornan is leaning into his tragic destiny by taking on a lead role in The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax.

Okay, okay, so it’s just a coincidence – and Dornan is already at work on John Wells’ new culinary film, which doesn’t have a title but probably won’t end up with a numerical one – and this has an interesting history. Actor Max Minghella wrote the script, adapting Liz Jensen’s novel, and is carrying on a project that his father, director Anthony Minghella, had wanted to make for years before his death in 2008.

The plot follows the titular 9-year-old boy, who suffers a near-fatal accident on his birthday. When a doctor (Dornan) starts treating the lad, he discovers a mystery that snaps the boundaries between reality and fantasy.

Alexandre Aja is on board to direct, and Minghella, who will produce with Tim Bricknell, is enthusiastic about the prospect.

“Tim and I are thrilled this deeply personal project is being brought to fruition with passion and integrity,” he says in a statement picked up by Variety. “We look forward to collaborating with Alex and Miramax to create a truly original movie that will captivate and surprise audiences.”

Aja should be starting the cameras rolling this October in Vancouver. Dornan will soon be seen whipping matters into a frenzy in 50 Shades, which is out here on February 13 next year, and will soon appear in season two of The Fall on TV this autumn.








New Images From Exodus: Gods & Kings

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:54:24 GMT

New Images From Exodus: Gods & Kings

Wait, were tornadoes one of the original plagues?

The new issue of Empire brings the latest report from Ridley Scott's none-more-epic Exodus: Gods And Kings, with Aaron Paul and Sir Ben Kingsley talking to us about their roles as we watched the director part the Red Sea. Check out the pictures and read a little taster below. {Exodus Gods Kings Exclusive New Images}

Aaron Paul plays Joshua, a Hebrew held in bondage by the Egyptians. In this month's issue Paul tells us, "Moses is an Egyptian general, and Joshua tends to stay away from those types of people. It's not appropriate to approach them or talk to them or even make eye contact. But then Nun [Joshua's father, played by Kingsley] persuades Joshua to give Moses a note saying Nun would like to speak to him. Later we find out that Moses is a very special human being. Moses is the one who can bring us to salvation. It's a wild, messy ride."

Kingsley tells us that Nun "becomes one of the leaders of the Exodus. He is the leader of his own community, he's the father of Joshua. The central issue is slavery and the bringing of a very disparate group of people together to break out of that bondage. I'm sorry to say, it is still a very modern story."

As you probably know, Christian Bale stars as Moses with Joel Edgerton as Ramses and Sigourney Weaver also among the cast. Exodus: Gods & Kings hits screens on December 26 in the UK, but in the meantime you can read much more in the October issue of Empire, on sale today, and you can subscribe here to ensure you never miss an issue.

 


New Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Posters

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:52:17 GMT

New Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Posters

The rebels go all Expendables in new images

The marketing campaign for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is fashioned as a propaganda battle between those stylish, ruling-class despots from The Capitol and the scrappy rebels of the various outlying Districts ready to throw off the diamond-encrusted yoke of dictatorship. New posters for District 13 popped up earlier this month, and now there are some new, militaristic images from the rebels online. {Hunger Games: Mockingjay Rebel Images}

Once again, they don’t feature either Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss or Josh Hutcherson’s captured Peeta Mellark, but we do see Natalie Dormer’s Cressida, Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, Elder Henson’s Pollux, Wes Chatham’s Castor, Mahershala Ali’s Boggs and Evan Ross’ Messalla.

Directed by Francis Lawrence and adapted by Danny Strong from Suzanne Collins' third novel, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 make up the third and fourth installments of heroine Katniss Everdeen’s journey to overthrow the Capitol and its smug, beardy leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 flies into cinemas on November 21, followed by Part 2 on November 20, 2015.








Cory Goodman Writing Underworld Reboot

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:36:55 GMT

Cory Goodman Writing Underworld Reboot

Beyond Kate and co?

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There has been talk for months now about Screen Gems developing a new Underworld film, one that will offer a reboot and pass the torch to a new cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Priest writer Cory Goodman has landed the job of scripting the new film, which was at one point called Underworld: Next Generation.

It might seem odd to reboot a series that only began in 2003 and has run successfully for four films, with the last, 2009’s Underworld Awakening, earning the most of the franchise so far. But a new cast offers a chance for fresh stories, assuming they’re going in a different direction and not hiring someone to simply play a new Selene, the vampire warrior played by Kate Beckinsale in all the movies so far. Awakening introduced her daughter, Eve, so that's one avenue that could be explored.

Nothing has been confirmed about the plot, though we’d guess that the conflict between the fang club and their hairy enemies the Lycans (werewolves) will feature in some fashion. And depending on whether the idea is to re-set the clock or tell a new story in the same universe, we may be in a world where humanity is more aware of the ancient conflict.

In addition to scripting the 2011 Paul Bettany vampire slaying tale mentioned above, Goodman is the man behind the screenplay for The Last Witch Hunter, which sees Vin Diesel going up against the cauldron collective in a battle to stop a powerful curse. That one is now in pre-production with Rose Leslie and Michael Caine also in the cast.


Charlie Hunnam In Line To Be King Arthur

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:36:55 GMT

Charlie Hunnam In Line To Be King Arthur

Guy Ritchie's offered him a seat at the Round Table

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From the looks of it, Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur and his valiant Knights of the Round Table could be cancelling an apocalypse or two. How so? Well, with Idris Elba already circling a role, Deadline reveals that Ritchie has picked Charlie Hunnam to play Arthur himself.

No contracts have been hammered out just yet, so it appears Hunnam isn’t a lock for the role, but it’s certainly the sort of thing he could do well after his years sitting at tables with modern-day knights. Even if they were actually criminal road warriors riding metal steeds into battle in TV’s Sons Of Anarchy…

It seems the film is currently called Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur, and Warner Bros. is hoping that it’ll spawn a franchise that lasts for six planned films, sprung from the brains of Ritchie and Edge Of Tomorrow producer Joby Harold, who wrote this initial script.

If Hunnam does lock in a deal, he may be reuniting with Elba, his Pacific Rim co-star. The once and future Loofah Luther is wanted to play a version of Bedivere, who is in many versions of Arthurian legend a noble and loyal member of the King’s knights. In Ritchie’s take, he’s apparently an older, wiser warrior and a right-hand man to Arthur’s father, who makes it his mission to train the young man for his true destiny.

Warners is looking to get the film on screen for July 22, 2016. To Camelot!








Exclusive New Pictures From Gone Girl

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:36:52 GMT

Exclusive New Pictures From Gone Girl

See David Fincher at work adapting the bestseller

Leading the winter preview in the October issue of Empire this week is David Fincher's Gone Girl, adapting Gillian Flynn's bestselling thriller. Fincher promises us that this is a date movie that will "end 15 million marriages", and while we can hope he's wrong about that, we're definitely in for a discomfiting ride.{Gone Girl - Exclusive New Images}

It's all the story of Nick and Amy Dunne (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike), and what happens when she goes missing and suspicion falls on him. Says Affleck, "I actually think this is the perfect date movie, not because I think it'll result in divorce - I think that's just David's fantasy - but because it's the kind of movie that a husband and wife could talk about afterwards. I think a man and a woman would have different takes on what happens. The last time I was in a movie that I thought polarised men and women in an interesting way was Chasing Amy. That was quite some time ago."

And what does Rosamund Pike think it's all about? "That aspect of marriage as a con game, or whatever. The idea that we perform a sort of ideal version of ourselves that the other person wants. We perhaps belie our true nature in order to perform to the ideal. David and I talked a lot about living in an age of rampant narcissism."

These pictures show the pair unhappily married, as well as Fincher directing Pike in what looks like an underwater scene (hence the weird headgear, which will allow properly wavy hair to be added late) and a table read shot of Neil Patrick Harris as Amy's ex Desi with Carrie Coon, who plays Nick's sister Margo.

Gone Girl hits screens on October 3, but you can read much more about the film in the October issue of Empire, on sale today.

 


New Image For Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:21:16 GMT

New Image For Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Joss Whedon on his bad guy, Hulkbuster and more

The October issue of Empire hits shelves on Thursday, and among its many joys is a look ahead to Avengers: Age Of Ultron, with an exclusive new image below, showing Joss Whedon directing Hawkeye. As if that weren't enough, both Marvel boss Kevin Feige and director Joss Whedon share a little bit more of their nefarious plans for the superhero super-team this time around. Check out both below.{Avengers: Age Of Ultron - New Images}

"It's more epic and in other ways it's more noirish and suspect and devious and specific," said Whedon of his film. "Ultron, he's got a touch of the apocalypse in him." Adds Feige, "Ultron was the villain Joss wanted, from midway through production on the first film, to have serious repercussions for The Avengers."

And then there are those intriguing glimpses, in concept art and Comic-Con footage, of a certain souped-up Iron Man suit called the Hulkbuster, and a conflict between Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark And Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner, seen driving off into the sunset together at the end of the first Avengers. "It's a bespoke suit," says Feige, "the back-up plan in case things go awry."

"The Hulkbuster is from after my time [as a reader]," says Whedon, "but even I knew what a big deal it was. It makes sense because there's no one who can really go up against Hulk, but more importantly, those guys are best friends, so what that battle is and what it means is fascinating to me."

There's much more on Avengers: Age Of Ultron in the magazine so make sure to pick it up on Thursday, or to make sure you never miss an issue you can subscribe to Empire here.








Steve Carell Attached To Acme Film

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:44:17 GMT

Steve Carell Attached To Acme Film

Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz writing the Looney Tunes spin-off

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With Warner Bros. still trying to bring the Looney Tunes crew back to cinemas in some fashion, it appears the current project appears to have evolved considerably. In development since at least 2010, the film now seems to be focused on the Acme company seen most often in the Road Runner cartoons, has Steve Carell attached to star and X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz on board to crank out the script.

Unless this is somehow a divergent movie from the one we last checked in on back in 2012 – when Saturday Night Live veteran Jenny Slate was hired to write a script for a story that appeared more closely focused on the actual Looney Tunes team a la 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back In Action – the drive here is to create something that blends CG and live-action but instead explores the Acme factory and its products.

How Carell fits into that, and indeed what the actual plot will be, is being kept quiet, but The Hollywood Reporter also brings word that Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in negotiations to call the shots, a move that would reunite them with the actor. Regular Warners producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin are overseeing development, crossing their fingers that they can achieve something along the lines of The Lego Movie in terms of popularity, and kick off a franchise. We’ll see if this one creeps any closer to becoming a reality now it has a new creative team falling into place.


New Still From Big Hero 6

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:09:19 GMT

New Still From Big Hero 6

See it in Baymax

You know what's cool? Giant friendly robots who can do your bidding when you need them. That's why we're so pleased with this new image from Big Hero 6 in the latest issue of Empire magazine, showing Baymax from the San Fransokyo-set Marvel / Disney Animation team-up.{Big Hero 6 New Image}

Baymax is the creation of Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), who forms the titular superhero team when a masked baddie threatens his home town. "We don't have to guess whether action movie or superhero fans are going to like the movie, because we are those fans," laughs director Chris Williams (Bolt) in the latest issue, which is an encouraging thought.

 The film is co-directed by Don Hall (Winnie The Pooh), with a voice cast that includes Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez, Alan Tudyk, TJ Miller, Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell and Scott Adsit as the voice of Baymax itself.

Big Hero 6 hits the UK on January 30, 2015, after a US bow on November 7. You can read more about that and all the big films this winter in the new issue of Empire, on sale tomorrow.