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Comic-Con: Maze Runner Sequel In Development

Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:26:39 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 Talks The Last Of Us Movie

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:24:59 GMT

Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Talks The Last Of Us Movie

And reveals Maisie Williams in talks

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Sam Raimi showed up at Comic-Con today to talk about his forthcoming adaptation of groundbreaking videogame, The Last Of Us, on which he’ll serve as producer - and dropped a little tidbit that Game Of Thrones star, Maisie Williams, is in early talks to star.

Raimi and Naughty Dog’s creative director Neil Druckmann, who wrote the post-apocalyptic horror game and who will also write the script for the movie, took to the Hall H stage in a surprise appearance - and the fans in the cavernous Con hub liked what they had to say.

“I think it’s going to be a great character journey and a great love story and a really great horror picture,” said Raimi, who confirmed that he wouldn’t be directing the movie, which doesn’t yet have a release date. Instead, he’ll be sticking to producing duties, with his mission to “protect” the game as it makes its way to the big screen.

And part of that, obviously, involves casting. Raimi said he’d love to find cameos for Bruce Campbell and his brother, Ted, but the big news revolved around the main roles of Joel and Ellie, the protagonists of the game whose relationship provides an emotional kick so often lacking in games. Joel, a grizzled older man who’s recovering from a major loss after the world is devastated by a deadly outbreak, is still wrapped in a shroud of speculation, but Raimi and Druckmann said that they had held early talks about the role of Ellie, the young girl with whom Joel bonds.

“We met with someone the other day. Nothing’s been signed,” said Druckmann. “We had a meeting with Maisie Williams.”

Williams, who plays Arya Stark on Game Of Thrones, would seem to be pretty much perfect casting for the movie, but as Druckmann and Raimi were keen to emphasise, it’s early days yet, with no director in place. But the duo are very aware of the potential for The Last Of Us - widely hailed as a masterpiece of gaming - to break out and become the first truly excellent videogame movie.

“There’s never been a great video game adaptation for film,” said Druckmann. “We’re going to work our asses off to make this thing great. Why wait? We have a great opportunity here. Go for it.”  


Edgar Wright Heads For Grasshopper Jungle

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:24:56 GMT

Edgar Wright Heads For Grasshopper Jungle

He's attached to the YA 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 who, along with his friends, somehow unleashes a genetically engineered plague that causes six-foot-tall praying mantises upon their community and beyond who end up getting up to everything the teens wish they could – having sex, eating and fighting. 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.








Patrick Wilson Departs Ant-Man

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:09:44 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 re-writes 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 Lily 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.


Sam Raimi Talks The Last Of Us Movie

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:54:10 GMT

Sam Raimi Talks The Last Of Us Movie

Comic-Con: And reveals Maisie Williams in talks

Sam-Raimi-Talks-Last-Of-US-Movie

Sam Raimi showed up at Comic-Con today to talk about his forthcoming adaptation of groundbreaking videogame, The Last Of Us, on which he’ll serve as producer - and dropped a little tidbit that Game Of Thrones star, Maisie Williams, is in early talks to star.

Raimi and Naughty Dog’s creative director Neil Druckmann, who wrote the post-apocalyptic horror game and who will also write the script for the movie, took to the Hall H stage in a surprise appearance - and the fans in the cavernous Con hub liked what they had to say.

“I think it’s going to be a great character journey and a great love story and a really great horror picture,” said Raimi, who confirmed that he wouldn’t be directing the movie, which doesn’t yet have a release date. Instead, he’ll be sticking to producing duties, with his mission to “protect” the game as it makes its way to the big screen.

And part of that, obviously, involves casting. Raimi said he’d love to find cameos for Bruce Campbell and his brother, Ted, but the big news revolved around the main roles of Joel and Ellie, the protagonists of the game whose relationship provides an emotional kick so often lacking in games. Joel, a grizzled older man who’s recovering from a major loss after the world is devastated by a deadly outbreak, is still wrapped in a shroud of speculation, but Raimi and Druckmann said that they had held early talks about the role of Ellie, the young girl with whom Joel bonds.

“We met with someone the other day. Nothing’s been signed,” said Druckmann. “We had a meeting with Maisie Williams.”

Williams, who plays Arya Stark on Game Of Thrones, would seem to be pretty much perfect casting for the movie, but as Druckmann and Raimi were keen to emphasise, it’s early days yet, with no director in place. But the duo are very aware of the potential for The Last Of Us - widely hailed as a masterpiece of gaming - to break out and become the first truly excellent videogame movie.

“There’s never been a great video game adaptation for film,” said Druckmann. “We’re going to work our asses off to make this thing great. Why wait? We have a great opportunity here. Go for it.”  








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

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:54:10 GMT

Comic-Con: Jonathan Pryce & 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, whom 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 Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand, one of his illegitimate daughters.

Jessica Henwick is Nym Sand, Oberyn’s second daughter, while Rosabell Laurenti Sellers is Tyrene Sand, his third daughter. The Oberyn clan will represent in force this year, with Toby 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. DeObia Oparei will be Areo Hotah, the captain of Doran’s palace guard, while Enzo 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.


Comic-Con: The Walking Dead Unleashes First Season Five Tease

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:11 GMT

Comic-Con: The Walking Dead Unleashes First Season Five Tease

'We don't know what's coming next...'

With a cadre of the show’s stars and producers presenting a packed panel at San Diego’s Comic-Con, the Walking Dead team showed off a new teaser trailer for the fifth season. Featuring plenty of what you might expect from the show – zombies and all – the new tease is below. Be warned of spoilers if you’re not up to date through the end of Season Four… 


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Season Five kicks off with Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Darryl (Norman) Reedus and the rest trapped in Terminus, which has been revealed to not be the sanctuary they hoped. Which should surprise absolutely no one.

But after so many setbacks and losses, Rick and the rest are finally ready to stop taking all the slings and arrows and start firing a few back. There’s also the recently introduced idea that there might actually be a cure out there, so part of the season’s plot will be attempting to reach Washington and see what can be done.

At the show’s press conference this morning, the producers Scott Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman promised plenty of shocks, surprises and – thanks to Greg Nicotero’s team – some of the most inventive zombies yet. The show will be back in October and after this tease, some of you may find the waiting even tougher. 








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

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:04:27 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.


Joaquin Phoenix In Early Talks For Doctor Strange

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:48:59 GMT

Joaquin Phoenix In Early Talks For Doctor Strange

He could be the Sorcerer Supreme

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Since Scott Derrickson was officially confirmed as director for the film, the big question swirling around Marvel’s Doctor Strange is who will become 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 that such notable names as Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Justin Theroux and Jared Leto, it would appear that Phoenix is closer than anyone to actually making a deal. That said, there has been no official confirmation (hardly a surprise at this stage) 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 – plus Phoenix or not – should come tomorrow at the company’s San Diego Comic-Con panel.








Sam Raimi Is Writing An Evil Dead TV Show

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:18:14 GMT

Sam Raimi Is Writing An Evil Dead TV Show

Comic-Con: Along with Ivan Raimi and Bruce Campbell

 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.


See The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Concept Art Posters

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:59:11 GMT

See The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Concept Art Posters

Updated! Now with Black Widow, Captain America, The Vision & more

Comic-Con kicked off last night with the usual Wednesday preview of the exhibition hall. Among the freebies made available to attendees were some nifty new concept art posters from Avengers: Age Of Ultron, featuring Scarlet Witch in action, Iron Man battling the titular menace and now Black Widow, Captain America, Quicksilver and even the Vision prodding robotic buttock. {Avengers : Age Of Ultron Concept Art Posters}

With Marvel expected to put on its usual big show this coming Saturday (with additional panels for the company’s ever-expanding universe of TV shows and more), it is naturally trying to keep Joss Whedon’s superhero sequel front and centre in fans’ imaginations – not that it really needs much help.

The film finds Iron Man, Thor, Cap and the rest a little weary of constantly having to save the day, so Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) hits upon the idea of a robotic police force led by super-smart artificial intelligence Ultron (voiced and performed in the film by James Spader). There’s just one teeny snag with his plan: once Ultron becomes self-aware, he determines that humanity is the biggest threat to world peace and promptly sets out to wipe us from the face of the planet. Combating his plan, of course, requires the combined efforts of the Avengers.

With Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Andy Serkis and Jeremy Renner all among the cast, Avengers: Age Of Ultron lands here on April 24 next year. 








New Full-Length Whiplash Trailer Arrives

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:25 GMT

New Full-Length Whiplash Trailer Arrives

Miles Teller suffers a beating for the beat

You’ve likely already seen the first clip from Whiplash, the Sundance award-winner that comes bearing positive buzz and plenty of praise for director Damien Chazelle and stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. The initial trailer, which shows more of the film’s tone, is online courtesy of Yahoo!.

Teller is Andrew Neyman, an ambitious 19 year-old jazz drummer who attends a high-profile music conservatory, where legendary teacher Terence Fletcher (Simmons) rules the roost.

But though Fletcher initially comes across as an encouraging mentor, Andrew discovers that reaching for perfection comes with a price, as Fletcher is actually hot-tempered, oft-maniacal bully. Soon, Andrew is suffering under Fletcher’s yoke, driving himself to the limit and worrying those around him.

Featuring Melissa Benoist, Austin Sowell, Paul Reiser and Jayson Blair among its cast, Whiplash is set for release in the States on October 10. It’s still frustratingly listed as simply "2014" over here, but will hopefully make it across the pond either later this year or in early 2015.


Hammer Opens The Winchester Mystery House

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:25 GMT

Hammer Opens The Winchester Mystery House

Spierig brothers prepare for a haunting

Winchester. So much to answer for. Haunted mansion connoisseurs will be aware of the sprawling and bizarre Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. Its doors are now set to be opened by Hammer, in a new film, simply titled Winchester, to be written and helmed by Daybreakers directors Michael and Peter Spierig.

The strange true story of the house began in 1881 with the death of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester (he of Western favourite the Winchester Rifle). He left his entire immense fortune to his wife Sarah who, from 1884 until her own death in 1922, undertook continuous building of what can politely be called an "architectural curiosity".

Reaching seven stories at one point - although the 1906 earthquake reduced it to four - Sarah Winchester's redwood construction went ahead without the benefit of an architect to plan it. It has 40 bedrooms, two ballrooms (one unfinished), 47 fireplaces, 17 chimneys and two basements. But there are also many creepy oddities like doors and staircases (with uneven risers) that lead nowhere, and windows that overlook other rooms. Legend has it that Sarah was told to build it by a medium channelling her husband. According to that version of the story, the house was supposed to be recompense: a home for all the ghosts of people killed by Winchester guns.

It's long been an inspiration for writers and filmmakers: Stephen King's TV series Rose Red is based on it, for one example. Hammer's film, however, will be the first time the house has actually been used as a location. "We can’t wait to see what the Spierig brothers unearth as they delve in to the mysteries of Sarah Winchester and her infamous haunted house,” says Hammer's Tobin Armbrust. “As the first feature film ever shot inside the Winchester Mystery House, we are excited to have these fantastic filmmakers bring their unique vision to the table." Let's hope the production doesn't find itself under a curse...

Armbrust and, of course, Hammer honcho Simon Oakes are among the producers, and shooting is set to start early next year. The Spierig brothers' latest sci-fi thriller Predestination (starring Ethan Hawke, as did Daybreakers) is complete and currently awaiting a release date.








Comic-Con: Christopher Nolan Unveils Interstellar

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:25 GMT

Comic-Con: Christopher Nolan Unveils Interstellar

Director’s surprise appearance heralds new information

Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey at Comic Con 2014

He didn’t make it for Inception, nor for any of his Batman movies but, in the first big surprise of this year’s Comic-Con, Christopher Nolan made his Con debut today to introduce Interstellar at the Paramount presentation. “I heard a lot about this being the place where people are most passionate about pop culture and movies,” Nolan told the masses gathered in Hall H. “I thought it would be fun to come down and see what all the fuss is about.”

While far from pulling back the curtain on his secretive sci-fi project, the reticent director did talk about his motivations for making the film and the thought process that went into it. “I grew up in a time when to be an astronaut was the highest ambition. The idea that we’d keep exploring space, pushing farther and farther out, seemed inevitable. I felt that had fallen off greatly over the past couple of decades. I really like the idea that we’re on the cusp of a brand new era of exploration. I’m very much hoping that the experience we’re putting together will take the audience on that ride.”

Nolan also unveiled the as-yet unreleased full trailer for the film, which finally begins to contextualise the story (far more than the oblique quotes and historical figures did in the initial teaser). From what we can gather the world is in a pretty bad place, thanks to the ravages of climate change. Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper is an engineer who, along with Anne Hathaway and a team of others, embarks on a mission to find another habitable planet to replace our dying Earth. As to the method of the search, Nolan dropped a hint by referencing the help of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, whose studies tackle the existence of wormholes.

The footage, which basked in the visual majesty we expect from Nolan (and offers a tantalising glimpse of just how stunning this film will look on IMAX) showed one or perhaps two alien landscapes, including a frozen tundra with craggy, ice-capped peaks that seemed to wrap around to form both terrain and firmament – not unlike the early dream sequence in Inception. As to what it all means though, Nolan wasn’t telling. “It’s about human beings, what it is to be human and what our place is in the universe.”

While Nolan (and McConaughey) were clearly the high point of the Paramount panel, there was certainly more on offer. A series of clips from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles showed the heroes in a half-shell in all their glory, showcasing some of the action in store, which included the kind of over-the-top martial arts choreography that only CGI can offer. The dialogue was snappy, with Michelangelo in particular dropping a broad array of zingers and the somewhat sinister paramilitary Foot-soldiers are a welcome change from the faceless ninja-fodder of previous outings.

A short clip from Project Almanac followed, though with no context offered, anyone unfamiliar with the time-travelling adventure would have been left wondering what on Earth was actually going on. Afterwards, in a very welcome return to Comic-Con, The Rock dropped by to give Hercules a plug (it hits cinemas here in the US on Friday) and the trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 was unveiled and you can watch the red band trailer for it below.


Comic-Con: New Image Of Ben Affleck As Batman Revealed

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:25 GMT

Comic-Con: New Image Of Ben Affleck As Batman Revealed

Check out the Batdimples on Bruce

Even if he doesn’t look a day over 40, Batman turns 75 this year - and to mark the occasion, a new picture of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader has been unveiled.

The picture was first released at the DC booth on the main floor at Comic-Con, but it’s just been tweeted by Zack Snyder, director of the forthcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. And while it doesn’t give away much more than the first picture of Batfleck, which debuted a few months back, this one is a) in colour, and b) gives us a sense that this Batman boasts a chin that could give Bruce Campbell sleepless nights.

{Batman Headshot}

At present, the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con is scheduled for Saturday and we’re told that there will be no Dawn Of Justice presence there. But it is Batman’s birthday, after all - and while we’re not expecting The Joker to burst out of a cake on stage, it’s hard to imagine that DC/Warners wouldn’t show up with something.

Also, Dwayne Johnson has just tweeted a picture of Superman fighting other DC characters Captain Marvel (it's complicated) and Black Adam, saying 'someone's gonna get it'. So, is this confirmation that The Rock is going to join the DC Movie Universe, as he's been strongly hinting for a while now? And if so, as which character? Perhaps all will be revealed on Saturday at the Warners panel. 

What are your thoughts of the second image of Affleck’s Batman?








Working Title Acquires Enid Blyton's The Famous Five

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:24 GMT

Working Title Acquires Enid Blyton's The Famous Five

Five on the development trail

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Enid Blyton’s work is among the most famous in the UK's – and, to an extent, the world's – publishing history. Her Famous Five books in particular have been devoured by eager readers for decades. Following a raft of different adaptations, primarily for the small screen, Working Title has decided the time is right for the Five to hit the cinema in a new version.

The company has grabbed the cinematic rights to the entire Five library of more than 20 novels featuring the young adventurers who investigate mysteries, solve crimes and go exploring in between lashings of good grub and fun times while they’re on holiday from boarding school.

Working Title is busy meeting with directors to launch a proper development period and figure out what shape the characters will hit the screen in. According to Deadline, no decisions have been announced as to whether they will stay in a period setting or receive the update treatment for a modernised take on the tales. We just hope Timmy the dog’s agent adds a clause that ensures he’s played by a proper canine actor and not some reality show performing wannabe. Or Andy Serkis...








Comic-Con: New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Image

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:24 GMT

Comic-Con: New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Image

Black Widow finds a LiveWire

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Though Marvel doesn’t present its big panel until tomorrow, the company is continuing to lodge that small proposition Avengers: Age Of Ultron in our collective brain-crannies. The concept art poster rollout is happening across the event and here comes a new image from the film itself, featuring Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)’s swanky new ride.

The bike, which had already been seen in set pictures, is the Harley Davidson Livewire, an electric roadster that the Widow clearly decides is a good choice, accessorising with Captain America’s shield, which is likely great at keeping bugs from the face. Or, you know, to avoid being shot.

While we have to wonder at the choice of an electric bike when your primary antagonist is a sentient artificial intelligence that can spread its consciousness to other devices, it certainly looks like a sleek way to get around given that Natasha can’t fly or summon godlike powers to get from place to place.

As mentioned, Age Of Ultron finds the Avengers going up against the titular mechanoid menace after Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) decides to create a robo law-keeping force to let him and his heroic comrades enjoy a little more downtime between world-saving. Unfortunately, it all goes a bit very wrong and the team ends up having to stop a rampaging robo-enforcer who has decided that the real rotten element on Earth is mankind.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron will be with us on April 24 next year. Expect to hear a lot more about it tomorrow once Marvel has brought its usual god-and-Tony show to San Diego.


Red Band Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Trailer Staggers Online

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:12:53 GMT

Red Band Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Trailer Staggers Online

The boys are back in hot water

Despite some seriously mixed reviews and an initial box office run that didn't exactly suggest a franchise in the making, Hot Tub Time Machine has garnered enough of a cult following that the sequel has now been made. Clark Duke showed up at the Paramount Comic-Con panel yesterday to debut the first, decidedly red band trailer, and it’s now online. 

Reuniting Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Duke from the first film – John Cusack clearly decided to skip this trip – the new Hot Tub Time Machine starts in the alternate present day as set up at the end of the first. Corddry’s Lou has become a billionaire after “inventing” the Internet and Robinson’s Nick and Duke’s Jacob are also doing well. But then Lou is shot in the groin by a mysterious attacker and the three decide to head back in time and figure out what happened.

Except, partly thanks to them being very drunk, they end up ten years in the future, where everything is different again. And yet they still have a chance to find the killer, who appears to be from the future. It also gives them a chance to meet the likes of Adam (Adam Scott) and Gary (Jason Jones).

Fans of the original are likely to be happy with more crude comedy and gratuitous nudity and there is the usual banter between the leads. With Steve Pink once more calling the shots, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is out on December 26.








New Teaser Poster For Horns

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:12:53 GMT

New Teaser Poster For Horns

UPDATE: Now with new image

UPDATE: With Comic-Con in full swing, a new image has emerged. Check it out in the gallery alongside the other poster.

If it feels like Horns – adapted from Joe Hill’s excellent horror novel – has been lingering in the underworld for a while, that’s because it’s been waiting and waiting for a solid release date after playing festivals last year. The film has finally stumped up the crossing fee for the River Styx and will hit UK cinemas at Halloween. Here to prove it is the first teaser poster featuring the devilish Daniel Radcliffe. {Horns Teaser Poster}

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}

Directed by Alexandre Aja from Keith Bunin’s adaptation of the novel, Horns is one of those films we’re eager to finally see. The cast also boasts the likes of David Morse, Max Minghella, Kathleen Quinlan, Heather Graham and James Remar, and the film will hit UK cinemas on October 31 - surely the perfect day.


Uma Thurman Joins Adam Jones

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:12:53 GMT

Uma Thurman Joins Adam Jones

Aka Bradley Cooper's chef drama...

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With the film starting shooting this week, Bradley Cooper’s new project, once named Chef, has secured a new title, Adam Jones, and some additional cast members. Uma Thurman, Jamie Dornan, Sam Keeley, Sarah Greene, Emma Thompson and Daniel Brühl are all now set to enter the kitchen.

Thanks to Jon Favreau’s recent indie success story, Cooper’s movie is now named after his character, the lead in the piece. John Wells is cranking the cameras now, kicking off in New Orleans before heading to London for a couple of months.

Adam Jones finds Cooper as a famous chef whose wild style and daring way around menus has led to him becoming a rock star in the kitchen. But his crazy, partying personality starts to undermine him, especially when he has a shot at his own restaurant and an elusive third Michelin star.

Thurman’s role hasn’t been specifically revealed, but we do know she’s playing Helene in the film. Sienna Miller is already aboard for the movie, which has a script from Locke’s Steven Knight. It should hit our screens next year.








Comic-Con: First Look At Home & Penguins Of Madagascar

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:12:53 GMT

Comic-Con: First Look At Home & Penguins Of Madagascar

The Con kicks off with Dreamworks Animation panel

Jim Parsons revealing Home at Comic Con 2014

The first panel of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con kicked off this morning with DreamWorks Animation’s Hall H presentation. Starting the proceedings was a first-look clip from Tim Johnson’s Home, featuring the voice of The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons as Oh, a bumbling alien from a race known as the Boov. When his people invade and take over Earth as their new permanent residence, the banished Oh teams up with Rihanna (in the guise of human girl, Tip) to save the world.

The clip took place after the Boov have settled into their new digs, in this instance the roomy rues of gay Paris. The Eiffel Tower has been rechristened 'The Great Antenna' and floated above the city on an inverted dome of rock, like a French iteration of Warcraft’s Dalaran. Tip and Oh are surrounded by the Boovian army, led by Steve Martin’s megalomaniacal general and a botched execution, a hectic chase in alien bubble cars and the wanton destruction of the Parisian suburbs soon follow. The standout, unsurprisingly, is Parsons’ Oh, lending more than a touch of Dr. Sheldon Cooper to his alien antics.

John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch, Comic Con 2014

Perhaps more anticipated, though, was the second unveiling, Penguins Of Madagascar, bringing a grand total of four clips from the upcoming spin-off movie. The first being the birds’ infiltration of Fort Knox, featuring an inspired subterfuge gag with the penguins rolling across a zebra crossing. The second introducing John Malkovich’s evil octopus, Dr. Octavius Brine (aka Dave), the next featuring an all-action chase through the canals of Venice as the three avians are pursued by a trio of deadly octopodes, before Benedict Cumberbatch’s crack team of Arctic avengers, The North Wind, swoop in to save the day. The fourth unveiled Dave’s master plan in a communique to The North Wind HQ. To give it away would be a spoiler but suffice it to say it involves something called 'Medusa Serum'.

{Penguins Of Madagascar Poster}For veteran Madagascans, the concern here would be that the Penguins gag, while scene-stealing in a supporting role, might wear a little thin stretched over a dedicated feature. Happily, from what we’ve scene the gags come fast and funny, broadening the comedy beyond the slightly single-note comedy of their appearances in previous films. All of which bodes well for the finished picture, out in December.  








Podcast #121: Brett Ratner, Jason Blum

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:12:52 GMT

Podcast #121: Brett Ratner, Jason Blum

What are your 'dating dealbreaker' movies?

Brett Ratner and Jason Blum - The Empire Podcast

With many of the regular gang off in San Diego for some sort of comic-book convention or other, things take a turn for the weird on the Empire Podcast this week. Sinister, Paranormal Activity and The Purge: Anarchy producer Jason Blum explains how to set up an inflatable double bed on a plane, while Hercules director Brett Ratner talks about his favourite British confectionary.

Elsewhere, "dating dealbreaker" movies come up in conversation, and the concept of "cattens" is given, for free, to the world at large. Listen out for the best 12A F-bomb made this year, and with that in mind, make sure those with more delicate ears stay away, for here be swears...

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








Comic-Con: First Poster For Leprechaun Prequel

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:12:52 GMT

Comic-Con: First Poster For Leprechaun Prequel

Leprechaun: Origins goes back to the old country

Back in 2012, Lionsgate made the surprise announcement that, as part of its beautiful new friendship with WWE Studios, it was developing a reboot of the mind-boggling Leprechaun franchise. VFX veteran Zach Lipovsky was placed in the director's chair a year later, and this being a WWE project it transpired that it was all being set up as a vehicle for diminutive wrestler Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl. And now, from the halls of Comic-Con, comes the first promo image for Leprechaun: Origins, showcasing a shadowed Lep in profile in a leafy graveyard. He doesn't look very much like Warwick Davis anymore...{Leprechaun Origins Teaser Poster}

If you're new here, the original Leprechaun came out in 1993, starring Davis as the titular murderous imp (mad as hell about being swizzed out of his Lucky Charms gold), and providing a pre-Friends starring role for Jennifer Aniston. It was released by Trimark, which Lionsgate swallowed in 2000.

It spawned an amazing five sequels in Leprechauns 2 and 3, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun In The Hood, and Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood. Franchise highlights include the wee man becoming a rap mogul in the Hood instalments; wielding a shillelagh light saber in the sci-fi one; and jumping on a guy with a pogo stick, while singing, "This old Lep, he played one, he played pogo on his lung."

"We've been looking for ways to continue our relationship with Lionsgate", explained WWE honcho Michael Luisi, "and we saw Leprechaun as the perfect opportunity to take a well-known franchise and put a modern-day spin on it. This is a property we believe our audience will respond to, and we continue to look for ways to surprise and engage them."

We're certainly surprised. Our level of engagement remains to be seen. Leprechaun: Origins was shot and completed in the second half of last year, and involves a young couple backpacking in Ireland and stumbling upon the evil imp in a cabin in the woods. It goes straight to video in the States on August 26. There's no UK release date so far, but keep an eye on Kim's Video Dungeon, where it's bound to surface eventually.


Gallery: Toys, Models And Stalls From The 2014 Comic-Con Floor

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:55:39 GMT

Gallery: Toys, Models And Stalls From The 2014 Comic-Con Floor

Check out the sights and stalls of 2014's San Diego convention

Comic-Con 2014, Smaug The Dragon display

Like The Wild Bunch, only a lot less wild and in more of a loose grouping, Team Empire is currently patrolling the floor of the San Diego Convention Centre, scouring Comic-Con to snap every ounce of geek minutiae going. And there’s a lot of it. Tonnes. There’s Breaking Bad memorabilia, Walking Dead collectibles, Bat-business, actual Transformers, Avengers goodies, Hobbit wyrms, a camp Sentinel from X-Men and a partridge in a Mirkwood tree. If we look hard enough we’ll probably find an ageing Snake Plissken’s bifocal. Click on the images below to peruse this fanboy cornucopia at your leisure.{Comic-Con 2014 Floor Photos}


New Clip From Football Animation The Unbeatables

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:30:59 GMT

New Clip From Football Animation The Unbeatables

Fuss in boots

Juan José Campanella, the Argentine director behind 2009’s ace crime thriller The Secret In Their Eyes, is back with, well, something a little different. The Unbeatables is a family animation that, as you can probably tell from this new clip, is almost entirely bereft of murders and government repression. What it does have is the Weinstein seal of approval, a colossal haul from the Argentinian box office and a character who looks a lot like World Cup tragi-hero and part-time Hair Bear, David Luiz. Click below to take a look.

The Unbeatables tells the tale of a gifted kid called Amadeo (voiced by Rupert Grint), who often keeps his talents hidden (again: see David Luiz) and has suffered previously at the hands of his nemesis, Flash. His goal is to face down the terrifyingly skilled and intimidating player with the help of the football team he’s assembled. The synopsis promises adventure and excitement as Amadeo and the lads go all Hot Shot Hamish and Mighty Mouse on the villain.

Lining up alongside Grint in the English voice cast are Anthony Head, Ralf Little, Alistair McGowan, Rob Brydon and Eve Ponsonby. It’s out in English cinemas on August 15, a week earlier in Scotland and Ireland.