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Lou Ferrigno to voice Hulk in Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:35:00 GMT

Long-time Hulk actor/voice artist Lou Ferrigno has confirmed that he'll be back to voice the green giant again in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Don't worry, though, Hulk won't be attempting to rival Tony Stark in the blabbermouth stakes – Ferrigno is onboard to provide Hulk's signature ground-shaking roars.

Ferrigno previously played Hulk on screen in two TV shows called The Incredible Hulk (one in the '70s, the other in the '90s), plus numerous standalone movies including The Death Of The Incredible Hulk.

He also voiced everybody's favourite trouser-buster in Ed Norton reboot The Incredible Hulk as well as Avengers Assemble (though that "puny god" line was actually spoken by Mark Ruffalo).

Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens in the UK on 24 April 2015.

Denzel Washington looks badass in first images from The Equalizer

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:07:00 GMT

Sony has released the first two images from The Equalizer, in which Denzel Washington plays former covert ops officer turned avenging angel, McCall.

The new images show Washington in full-on badass mode, posing with a firearm in the pouring rain, and escorting Chloë Grace Moretz’s vulnerable teen through a pitch-black Boston night.

The film is based upon an ‘80s TV show of the same name, but according to Washington, it’s the story’s big-screen qualities that drew him to the project.

“It’s a classic story, the innocent girl and the guy coming in to save the day and kick some butt,” says Washington. “You’ll get some popcorn and escape for a couple of hours.”

Directed by Antoine Fuqua and co-starring Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas, and Haley Bennett, The Equalizer will open in the UK on 10 October 2014.

Gone Girl author talks differences between book and film

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:33:00 GMT

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn has commented on reports that the screenplay she has penned for the forthcoming movie adaptation makes wholesale changes to her original story, describing them as “greatly exaggerated.”

Earlier this year, reports were quoting Ben Affleck as saying Flynn had “literally thrown that third act out and started from scratch”, but according to the author, this is misleading.

“Those reports have been greatly exaggerated!” says Flynn. “Of course, the script has to be different from the book in some ways - you have to find a way to externalize all those internal thoughts and you have to do more with less room.”

“But the mood, tone and spirit of the book are very much intact,” she continues. “I've been very involved in the film and loved it. Working with David Fincher is pretty much the best place to start for a screenwriter.”

That said, it’s worth noticing that she doesn’t explicitly deny changing the ending for the movie version, which should keep people guessing right until the credits roll…

Directed by Fincher and co-starring Affleck and Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl will open in the UK on 3 October 2014.

Roberto Orci hoping to replace J.J. Abrams as Star Trek 3 director

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:09:00 GMT

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have been Hollywood’s go-to writing partnership for a raft of major blockbuster pictures over the past decade or so, but the pair are now parting ways to pursue directorial careers.

With Kurtzman already having directed 2012’s People Like Us, Orci is now keen to make Star Trek 3 his directorial debut, having worked with Kurtzman on the scripts for the previous two films.

Variety reports that Orci has been lobbying hard to step into Abrams’ shoes, with Abrams himself a firm advocate of his talents. However, Paramount is thought to be unsure at this stage, and weighing up all available options.

Joe Cornish had reportedly already been approached by the studio, only to turn it down due to concerns over stepping into what he perceived as somebody else’s franchise.

Meanwhile, Orci and Kurtzman’s split will not be absolute, with the duo still set to collaborate on small-screen projects like Sleepy Hollow and Hawaii Five-0.

Jessica Chastain to play Marilyn Monroe in new biopic

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:56:00 GMT

Jessica Chastain could be about to step into the shoes of a silver screen icon, with The Wrap reporting that she is in discussions to play Marilyn Monroe in a new biopic.

According to the report, Chastain is nearing a deal to star in Blonde, Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of the Joyce Carole Oates biography of the same name.

Naomi Watts had initially been attached to play Monroe, but recently departed the project, freeing things up for Chastain to step into the breach.

Produced by Brad Pitt, Dominik claims this version of the Monroe story will come together as a “sprawling, emotional nightmare, fairy-tale type movie”, which certainly sounds more interesting than your run of the mill biopic.

With a Dominik-penned script already in place, production on Blonde is set to begin this summer, ahead of a planned release date in 2015.

Fox planning Flash Gordon remake

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:44:00 GMT

Fox is planning a remake of Flash Gordon, with THR reporting that the studio has snapped up the rights to the classic sci-fi comic-book.

Famously adapted by Mike Hodges back in 1980, Flash Gordon follows the adventures of the titular space adventurer, as he sets about thwarting the nefarious schemes of the evil Ming the Merciless.

It seems that Fox has decided that now’s the time to give the story an update, with Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay currently hard at work on a script.

No word as yet regarding the storyline they will be focusing on, but with the title first published some 80 years ago, they’ve got plenty of source material to choose from.

Now all we need is a band willing and able to cover Queen’s title theme. What are The Darkness up to these days?

Marc Webb teases J. Jonah Jameson appearance in Amazing Spider-Man 3

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:37:00 GMT

Marc Webb has teased a possible appearance by J. Jonah Jameson in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, although he concedes that following J.K. Simmons’ performance will be a tough ask…

Simmons stole the show as the apoplectic editor of The Daily Bugle in Sam Raimi’s Spidey trilogy, but Webb is still keen to work the character into the next film if at all possible.

“I like the idea very much of him coming up in the next film,” says Webb. “It was more easy to accept a new Spider-Man than someone who could outdo J.K. Simmons in that role, he is so iconic.”

“That's something we've really talked about. Obviously I love that character because he poses such an interesting dilemma for Spider-Man. The answer is I don't know, but I think you can expect to see him in the future.”

With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 currently in cinemas, the third film in the series (and the last under Webb’s stewardship) will open in the UK on 27 May 2016.

Watch the first five minutes of How To Train Your Dragon 2 online

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:27:00 GMT

Dreamworks Animation has released a new clip online from How To Train Your Dragon 2, featuring the first five minutes of the finished film as it will appear in cinemas.

The opening scenes provides a quick refresher on the dragon-tastic community of Berk, where dragon-racing is very much the pastime of choice for the adrenaline-fuelled locals.

However, Hiccup and Toothless aren’t joining in the fun and games as they’re off on another adventure, exploring a whole new world of dragon-based excitement!

Take a look at the new clip, below…

Even on the small screen, those flying sequences are truly exhilarating, particularly when Hiccup decides to try out some freefalling…

Directed by Dean DeBlois and co-starring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and Cate Blanchett, How To Train Your Dragon 2 will open in the UK on 4 July 2014.

New Star Wars films won’t draw on expanded universe

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Simon Kinberg is currently working on a script for one of the forthcoming Star Wars spin-offs, but according to the screenwriter, the main series of films will not draw upon the expanded universe.

“You know, it’s not off-limits, and it’s certainly inspiring,” says Kinberg of the expanded universe material. “I’m working on an animated show for [Lucasfilm] as well, Star Wars: Rebels, that will take inspiration from everywhere.”

“But…” he continues, “I know for the movies, the canon is the canon, and the canon is the six films that exist.”

Which isn’t to say that Lucasfilm isn’t keen to develop the expanded universe further, and indeed, Kinberg’s spin-off will do just that… it just won’t feed directly into the main series.

Directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Adam Driver, Star Wars: Episode VII will open in the UK on 18 December 2015.

Richard Donner says Steven Spielberg has a story for Goonies 2

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:48:00 GMT

Richard Donner has reconfirmed that a sequel to The Goonies is in the pipeline, and has revealed that Steven Spielberg has an idea in place for the new plot.

“Hopefully we’re gonna get this done,” said Donner in an interview with TMZ. “Steven [Spielberg] came up with the idea of doing a sequel after 30 years… you don’t do it without him.”

“And then he came up with the storyline,” continues Donner, who is also set to return to the director’s chair for the new film. “He’s right on.”

As for who might return from the original cast, it had previously been suggested that all the key players will be up for it, although Donner is phlegmatic on the issue.

“God knows,” said the director when asked who will be back on board. “It’s up to them. If they have any sense, they will, and if they don’t they won’t.”

Danny Boyle in discussions to direct Steve Jobs biopic

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:33:00 GMT

Sony looks to have found a replacement for David Fincher to direct its forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic, with Danny Boyle reportedly in talks to join the project.

Fincher had long been attached to the film, although he recently dropped out of proceedings, reportedly over a pay dispute.

According to THR, Boyle is now in negotiations with the studio, and is thought to have already contacted Leonardo DiCaprio with a view to signing him up for the leading role.

Fincher had earmarked Christian Bale to play the part, but it seems as though Boyle is keen to re-team with his old The Beach star for another go-around.

With a script from Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin, the film will follow Jobs through three key points in his career, as he prepares to launch three major Apple products. A release date has yet to be confirmed.

Patrick Stewart to return for X-Men: Apocalypse?

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:41:00 GMT

Having not filled the famous wheelchair for the better part of a decade, one of the primary pleasures of X-Men: Days Of Future Past will surely be the return of Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier.

And while the star may have been away from the X-Men franchise for a little while, it sounds as though this latest outing may not be his final appearance in the role…

“I don’t see why not,” said Stewart when asked whether he might reappear in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. “That is one of the blessings about fantasy and science fiction. You’re never really dead. I would love to come back and do some more.”

Now while that could potentially be read as a Days Of Future Past spoiler, we’d suggest that Stewart is referring to his apparent resurrection at the end of The Last Stand. In any case, he certainly seems keen for more…

“There might be something else,” continued Stewart, when pressed on future X-Men projects. “A little bird has whispered that there might be something X-Men-related.”

One to watch out for when X-Men: Apocalypse opens in the UK on 19 May 2016…

Fantastic Four reboot will pitch tone between Spider-Man and Chronicle

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:27:00 GMT

Simon Kinberg has been discussing what we can expect from Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, and has stressed that the tone of the film will be less cartoonish than previous adaptations.

“It’s a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies,” says Kinberg. “If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between Spider-Man and Chronicle."

“The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man,” continued Kinberg, before clarifying that he was referring to the Sam Raimi trilogy of Spidey films.

“Josh Trank’s instincts are to be as realistic and grounded and real with this stuff as possible,” says the producer. “In many ways I would say it’s definitely more of a drama than comedy.”

Directed by Trank and co-starring Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Miles Teller, The Fantastic Four will open in the UK on 18 June 2015.

First clip arrives online from Star Wars: Rebels: watch now

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:13:00 GMT

The first clip has arrived online from animated series Star Wars: Rebels, featuring badass pilot Hera taking on a pair of marauding TIE Fighters.

The new clip shows Hera at the controls of the Ghost, the rebel ship, as it comes under attack from Imperial forces. And since her co-pilot is nowhere to be seen, she has to pull double-duty on weapons and steering…

Helpfully she’s got a crotchety little droid on hand to burble and beep in the background, before rapping his hands over his little tin head. Awww.

Take a look at the new clip, below…

Everybody enjoys a grumbling astromech, even if he doesn’t seem to be the most constructive of space companions. We’re sure he’ll come into his own, further down the line…

Featuring the vocal talents of Freddie Prinze Jr. and Vanessa Marshall, Star Wars: Rebels will air in the US this autumn, with a UK release date yet to be confirmed.

New Godzilla spot gives a good look at the monster: watch now

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:54:00 GMT

A new TV spot for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla remake has arrived online, giving us our clearest look yet at the titular beast.

The new spot spends most of its 30-second runtime focusing on the film’s human players, as Bryan Cranston is torn away from his family and Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are tearfully parted.

However, the money-shot comes right at the end, with Godzilla rearing up in front of the camera and emitting an almighty roar.

Take a look at the new spot, below…

Rather impressive isn’t he? And while we’ve enjoyed the attempts to keep the big bad under wraps up until now, it’s more than a little exciting to finally see him in all his glory.

Directed by Edwards and co-starring Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins, Godzilla will open in the UK on 15 May 2014.

Simon Kinberg clarifies Rogue’s involvement in Days Of Future Past

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:37:00 GMT

X-Men: Days Of Future Past screenwriter and producer, Simon Kinberg, has been discussing Rogue’s involvement in the film, explaining why her scenes were cut from the finished script.

“It’s kind of a hard question,” said Kinberg, when grilled by Crave on the subject. “We shot with Anna [Paquin] a big subplot in the movie and we watched it in the movie and then we cut it out of the movie because, she’s great in it and it was well shot, but it just didn’t fit the film.”

“It was a subplot that I created sort of as an appendage to the movie because I wanted to do something else that didn’t serve the main plot of the film.”

“I just wanted to see Ian [McKellen] and Patrick [Stewart] on a mission together,” he continues. “So I took them away from the main plot of the movie so that they could go off and do something, and she was the MacGuffin of that mission.”

“I can’t speak to any other rumours about any other way she could appear in the film, but I can tell you that the main plot that we shot with her, we pulled out of the movie.”

However, we do know that Rogue will still be appearing in a cameo of some variety, with reports having suggested that the scene she does appear in is too crucial to be cut. Which seems odd, if she was only to be involved in a side-plot...

Curiouser and curiouser. We’ll find out for sure when the film opens in the UK on 22 May 2014.

Maisie Williams talks playing Arya in Game Of Thrones Season 4

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:33:00 GMT

In issue 219 of Total Film magazine, Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams discusses how Arya has changed throughout the show so far.

Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad - Williams reveals that the character has evolved massively since she first auditioned for the role.

"I feel like I'm playing a completely different Arya to the one I auditioned with," the 17-year-old tells Total Film.

"She was constantly taking the piss out of [her sister] Sansa, having a laugh and telling it as it is.

"Now I feel that's stripped away and it progresses in Season 4. She's slowly losing that loveableness about her and turning into something quite different."

Game Of Thrones Season 4 is now showing on Sky Atlantic HD.

For more on Game Of Thrones, pick up the brand new issue of Total Film, which is out now, and includes an exclusive look at Godzilla, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and Maleficent, plus many more exciting new movies.

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Watch an exclusive Blue Ruin clip - 'The A-Team Gun'

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Revenge thriller Blue Ruin has been drawing critical acclaim aplenty since its debut at last year's Cannes Festival.

So we're happy to bring you an exclusive clip for those horror or thriller fans with a taste for vengeance.

The plot follows mysterious outsider Dwight Evans who returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge. Before long, his surprisingly nifty assassin skills are put to the test as he fights to protect his estranged family.

In the clip below, Dwight calls upon an old school friend to grab a gun - one he affectionately notes is the gun used in The A-Team.

Cue awkward silence.

Blue Ruin opens in UK cinemas 2 May 2014.

Don Johnson talks Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:46:00 GMT

As the female lead in the forthcoming mega-novel adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey, there's a whole host of expectation heaped on Dakota Johnson.

But there's one famous actor who's definitely got her back - her father, Don Johnson.

We recently spoke to the legendary actor about his forthcoming role in gritty noir thriller Cold in July, and he only had words of encouragement and praise for his daughter as she takes on her biggest role yet.

"I'm exceedingly proud of my daughter. She's a gifted, gifted actress. I don't speak about the obviously salacious nonsense. This is the family business – we all take on challenges and there’s no doubt in my mind that Dakota will be a major movie star. This is just another part of what I think will be a long and important career," he raved.

And as for whether Don's had a peek at the saucy script? He's keeping pretty schtum...

"I haven’t read it, and secondly, that gets into a character that it’s obviously inappropriate for me to talk about. *laughs*"

Cold in July hits UK cinemas 27 June 2014.

For more on Cold in July, make sure to pick up a future issue of Total Film. And as for our current one? Well, you can pick it up in the following ways...

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Watch the first full trailer for The Rover

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:39:00 GMT

The first full-length trailer for David Michod's Sci-Fi Western The Rover is here.

And it looks as gritty, brutal and gripping as we were hoping.

Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson show prominent dramatic chops in the trailer below, in a tale that follows a loner (Pearce) as he hunts down the gang who stole his car from a desolate town in the outback, with the forced assistance of a wounded man (Pattinson) left behind by said gang.

It it's even half as brilliant as Michod's last film Animal Kingdom, we're in for a very interesting ride.

The Rover is in UK cinemas 14 June 2014.

Around The Network: 18 April 2014

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:59:00 GMT

Happy bank holiday weekend! We know you'll be bored by at least Sunday, so here's a load of awesome stuff to keep you entertained between the inevitable chocolate-munching and sugar comas...


It's always better on PC! Find out if that's true with CVG's GTA 5 PC wishlist.

Go full throttle with CVG's Trials Fusion Challenges tips guide.

Games Radar

Looking for some cheap games to get you through the summer lull? Here are 30 awesome games for £30 or less.

Is the ZeniMaxís new mmo more than just the typical grind? Find out in our Elder Scrolls Online review.

Official Nintendo Magazine

10 Z-List Nintendo characters ONM want to see in Super Smash Bros.

Is this the new Sonic Adventure? How will co-op work? Does Knuckles look like *that* because of the Mario & Sonic games? All this and more addressed in ONM's preview of Nintendo exclusive Sonic Boom.

Official Xbox Magazine

Why it's time for a Batwoman game

Trials Fusion Xbox One review 


When is an Android not an Android? When it's filled to bursting with Microsoft's bits and pieces. Check out TR's Nokia X review.

Google has a vision of the future, but will you be donning its specs any time soon? Find out in TR's full, updated Google Glass review.

Tesco Tech

Good news everyone! The amazing Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available at Tesco -- and it's free on some tariffs for a limited time.

TT is also giving one lucky footy fan the chance to win a copy of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil on Xbox 360 or PS3. Get in.

Total Film

We grilled the Amazing Spider-Man 2 cast on Amazing Spider-Man 3.

Our online TV series Last Night's Watch continues with our Game Of Thrones Season 4 Episode 2 review.

Three new featurettes arrive for X-Men: Days Of Future Past: watch now

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:49:00 GMT

Fox has released a trio of new featurettes for X-Men: Days Of Future Past online, featuring a glut of previously unseen footage.

The new videos contain a number of talking-head interviews with cast and crew, but the main draw here is the various snippets of new material, of which there are several.

Watch out for some more of Peter Dinklage then, and the towering Sentinels his character, Boliver Trask, is responsible for creating.

Take a look at the new featurettes, below…

Needless to say, across the many trailers, clips and featurettes that have been released, we have seen rather a lot of footage, but to be honest, it's only made us the more excited for the finished film! Not long to go now…

Directed by Bryan Singer and co-starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, X-Men: Days Of Future Past will open in the UK on 22 May 2014.

Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner and Joaquin Phoenix star in The Immigrant trailer: watch now

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:36:00 GMT

The first trailer has arrived from James Gray's period drama, The Immigrant, in which Marion Cotillard's Polish immigrant lands in 1920s America, alone and afraid after her sister is deported upon arrival.

When Joaquin Phoenix offers her a way to stay in the country, things appear to be looking up, until it becomes clear which line of business her new benefactor is involved in.

It turns out that Phoenix has embroiled her in the world of prostitution, with her only hope of escape coming in the form of his magician cousin, the dashing Jeremy Renner.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

It's certainly a heavyweight central cast to take on the meaty subject material, and the swathes of gushing review quotes interwoven into the trailer seem to bode well for this one…

Directed by Gray and co-starring Dagmara Dominczyk, Jicky Schnee and Antoni Corone, The Immigrant will open in the US on 16 May 2014, with a UK date to be confirmed.

Gareth Edwards talks "serious" Godzilla in new featurette: watch now

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:16:00 GMT

A new Godzilla featurette has been released online, in which director Gareth Edwards discusses the approach he took to the material, and his desire to treat it "seriously".

Edwards refers to the original film's allegorical references to Hiroshima and Nagasaki as touching points for how a monster movie can be both hugely entertaining, but also have a serious point to make.

With that in mind, for all the new film's mayhem and carnage, Edwards was determined to shoot it in as realistic a style as possible, so as to make the set-up more believable.

Check out the full interview, below…

It's encouraging that Edwards name-checks Spielberg as a key influence in his approach to this film, with the director keen to work as much suspense into the building-crushing action as possible.

Co-starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, Godzilla will open in the UK on 15 May 2014.

First trailer arrives for Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys: watch now

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:02:00 GMT

The first trailer has arrived online for Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys, the big-screen adaptation of the hit stage musical following the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Following the group's meteoric rise through the '60s, thanks to the likes of Walk Like A Man and Sherry, the film will deal with the good times before eventually moving on to the strife that came with their success…

And whether or not you're a fan of Valli's crooning, the dramatic meat on the bones of their rags to riches tale should be enough to keep things interesting.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

Christopher Walken's involvement looks particularly enjoyable, although he's playing the group's manager rather than a shady, New Jersey hood. Booo!

Directed by Eastwood and co-starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza and Michael Lomenda, Jersey Boys will open in the UK on 20 June 2014.