Exclusive Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Clip
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:28:00 GMT
There's already serious awards buzz surrounding Idris Elba's performance as Nelson Mandela in biopic Mandela: Walk to Freedom.
And our exclusive clip gives you a hint why.
The scene, in which Elba's Mandela makes a defiant stand for human rights, is as powerful as it is arresting.
Watch the clip and then let us know what you think in the comments below.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens in UK cinemas from 3 January 2014.
First The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer swings in
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:30:00 GMT
The first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has swung in.
And it's a corker, with action, villains and fanboy/girl easter eggs galore.
The two minute trailer builds on the web-slinging action seen in the first, and ramps up not only the special effects, but the villains too, with our first proper glimpse at The Rhino, Electro and even the Green Goblin (and it us, or is that Dane DeHaan's Harry Osborn rocking the glider?!).
Throw in some cute Pete and Gwen romance-asizing, some 'blink and you'll miss it' easter eggs (spot the Doctor Octopus/Vulture paraphenalia), and a ton of action, and there's more than enough to get you excited for next summer's big superhero flick.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for release in cinemas 18 April 2014.
Fast & Furious 7 delayed indefinitely
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:20:00 GMT
Following the tragic and shocking death of Paul Walker, Universal has officially announced that it is putting production of Fast & Furious 7 on indefinite hiatus. While many had assumed the production would be suspended, Universal's full statement clarifies the situation with compassionate sincerity. "Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers," reads the missive. "At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker." As such, it's looking very unlikely the movie will keep its July 2014 release date, and whether the footage filmed so far will be scrapped in favour of a full rewrite is still very much up in the air. Universal have also announced that they're set to donate a percentage of profits from home-media sales of Fast & Furious 6 to Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide. They have also released a video tribute to the star, which you can watch below.
Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell and Dominic Cooper set to join Warcraft
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 07:35:00 GMT
Duncan Jones’ Warcraft adaptation looks set to make some significant moves in its casting process, with Variety reporting that a string of big names are in final discussions to join the cast.
Ben Foster and Toby Kebbell are set to take two of the film’s starring roles, with Dominic Cooper also in discussions over a supporting part.
Those three are set to be joined by True Blood star Rob Kazinsky, who is also expected to take one of the leading roles, while Paula Patton and Travis Fimmel have already been cast in the fantasy epic.
Just who any of these new faces will be playing has yet to be confirmed, but expect more details to emerge over the coming weeks, with more names expected to be announced in due course.
Having vacated the potential scheduling battle with Episode VII, Warcraft will now open in the US and UK on 11 March 2016.
Kit Harington and Emily Browning star in new trailer for Pompeii: watch now
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 07:10:00 GMT
A new trailer has arrived online for Pompeii, Paul W.S. Anderson’s historical disaster movie, in which Kit Harington and Emily Browning attempt to escape the erupting Vesuvius.
Harington plays an enslaved gladiator who falls in love with Browning’s noblewoman on the eve of the volcano’s eruption. Talk about timing…
As if that wasn’t dramatic enough, the chaos brings him face to face with Kiefer Sutherland’s character, the man responsible for killing his family years earlier.
Take a look at the new trailer, below…
As you might expect from an Anderson film, the focus here lies squarely on the mayhem unleashed by an erupting volcano, with Harington and Browning left to look gruff and scared respectively. Time to start running, chums…
Directed by Anderson and co-starring Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jared Harris, Pompeii will open in the UK on 21 February 2014.
Rumour: Emilia Clarke or Brie Larson to star in Terminator reboot
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 06:52:00 GMT
A couple of months ago we brought you news that the role of Sarah Connor in the forthcoming Terminator reboot was likely to go to one of three actresses, Brie Larson, Emilia Clarke or Margot Robie.
Well, according to Deadline that list is now down to two, with Clarke and Larson thought to be the clear frontrunners for the part.
Clarke is thought to currently hold the edge in the casting race, particularly given her previous work with Game Of Thrones alumnus Alan Taylor.
That said, Larson is currently basking in critical acclaim for her work in the acclaimed Short Term Twelve, and is thought to be running Clarke all the way…
It’s thought that Paramount want to cast the Sarah Connor role before moving on to John Connor and Kyle Reese, although rumours have Tom Hardy linked to the former of those roles.
Directed by Taylor, the new film will open in the US on 1 July 2015, with a UK date to be confirmed.
Predator on 3D Blu-ray comes loaded with awesome extras
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 06:00:00 GMT
Predator's release on gleaming, immersive Blu-ray 3D comes loaded with all the extras you'd expect from one of the most iconic action flicks ever made.
But it's the additional extras that really thrill - return to the hunt, this time with an ace replica Limited Edition Predator head - Exclusive to Amazon - and a nifty game in tow!
The sci-fi class that started a global franchise and which stars the original action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, is coming to Blu-ray 3D for the first ever time on December 16 2013.
In case you've been hiding under a rock/camoflauged under some jungle shrubbery, here's the synopsis...
Arnold Schwarzenegger wages an all-out war against an unstoppable enemy in this pulse-pounding action thriller — now in spectacular 3D for the first time ever! On a rescue mission deep within a Central American jungle, a team of U.S. commandos find themselves hunted by a terrifying creature more powerful and deadly than any on Earth... because the Predator is not of this Earth.
Copyright for: Predator 3D (2013) (UK):- © (2013) Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC. All Rights Reserved.;
For the ultimate Predator fan, there will be a Limited Edition Predator Head gift set - Exclusive to Amazon - that includes an exclusive keepsake sculpture with removable mask plus the Blu-ray 2D version of the movie, along with out-of-this-world extras!
Buy the super-cool Predator Head gift set on Amazon now!
Not only that, but you too can hunt the predator, with the Predator3D: #HUNTthePREDATOR Global Game at www.huntthepredator.co.uk.
For the first time, Predator superfans will find themselves as a part of an exclusive never-before-seen storyline as they hunt Predators across the globe. Not only is it the first alternate reality game based in the Predator universe, but there'll be an exclusive payoff video for all fans that play the game!
After hunting your way across a series of online clues, fans will be given the opportunity to kill a Predator in a first person shooter panorama across 6 worldwide locations, and an opportunity to register to win the Ultimate Hunting Trophy, the Predator 3D head.
For a heads-up on the clues, just remember to keep checking the Predator, Predators, Alien, and Commando Facebook pages.
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Christian Bale explains the con-artist business in new clip from American Hustle: watch now
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 05:49:00 GMT
A new clip has arrived online for American Hustle, in which Christian Bale explains the art of the con to an increasingly irritable Bradley Cooper.
Cooper plays the FBI hotshot aiming to take down Jeremy Renner’s crooked politician, with Bale as the slippery con-man he brings on board to make it happen.
However, the partnership isn’t always an easy one, with both men taking issue with the other’s methods…
Take a look at the new clip, below…
Bale’s character certainly has a way with words, and you can see Cooper softening to the possibility that he knows what he’s talking about… then again, this might just be another type of con!
Directed by David O. Russell and co-starring Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, American Hustle will open in the UK on 3 January 2014.
Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman in Batman vs Superman
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:51:00 GMT
After much speculation, Zack Snyder has made it official. Not only will Wonder Woman appear in Man of Steel 2 / Batman vs Superman, but she'll be played by Gal Gadot. Gadot's most famous for her role in Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, and before that previously held the title of Miss Israel. Snyder's optimistic that she's the perfect casting and will be able to hold her own against Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman. “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character,” Snyder told Variety. It's still unclear as to whether Gadot will appear as the superheroic Amazon princess or her downtime alter-ego Diana Prince. Man of Steel 2 / Batman vs Superman 2 is scheduled to arrive in cinemas July 17 2015. For more Bats vs Supes discussion, tune into our fortnightly YouTube show 'Cape Expectations' - this week, with special guests from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Elizabeht Banks, Liam Hemsworth and many more.
Idina Menzel responds to Enchanted 2 & Wicked movie rumours
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:59:00 GMT
Idina Menzel is an extremely busy woman.
Mother, actress, broadway star and now the voice behind one of the key leads in Disney's Frozen, she's got a lot on her plate.
But that doesn't stop the rumours of a sequel to Enchanted or a movie version of her hit broadway musical Wicked bubbling away.
We sat down with the star to see if there were any fact to the rumours, and if she'd be interested in either project.
Disney's Frozen is in UK cinemas from 6 November 2013.
New trailer for 300: Rise Of An Empire arrives online: watch now
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:18:00 GMT
300: Rise Of An Empire has released a new trailer online, in which the rugged Themistokles attempts to unite Greece and turn the tide in the war with Persia.
The events of the new film take place before, during and after the story told by the original 300, as the field of battle moves away from the dusty plains of the first film and onto the high seas.
Rodrigo Santoro is back in action as Xerxes, the fearsome God King leading the Persian charge, with Eva Green joining him as Artemesia, the vengeful commander of his naval forces.
Take a look at the new trailer, below…
Good to see that the Greek navy is every bit as buff as its infantry. Looks like there's plenty of time to hit the gym between sea-bound skirmishes!
Directed by Noam Murro and co-starring Sullivan Stapleton, Lea Headey and David Wenham, 300: Rise Of An Empire will open in the UK on 7 March 2014.
Ben Affleck talks Batman
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 07:50:00 GMT
Ben Affleck has commented on his casting as Batman in a lengthy interview with Playboy magazine, in which he explains that his version of the character will not attempt to compete with Christian Bale’s.
“I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with Bale and Christopher Nolan's Batman but still exists within the Batman canon,” says Affleck.
“It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character.” Intriguingly however, it wasn’t initially a character that floated Affleck’s boat…
“When they asked if I would be Batman, I told them I don’t see myself in the role and I was going to have to beg off,” says the star, before revealing that it was Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer who won him around.
“They said I’d fit well into how they were going to approach the character and asked me to look at what the writer-director, Zack Snyder, was doing. The stuff was incredible. It was a unique take on Batman that was still consistent with the mythology.”
Colour us excited. Batman vs. Superman will open in the US on 17 July 2015.
Benedict Cumberbatch defends character reveal in Star Trek Into Darkness
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 07:37:00 GMT
Yesterday we reported that J.J. Abrams had suggested that the reveal of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness had been a mistake, with the director suggesting they should have come clean about Khan from the get-go.
However, Cumberbatch himself has moved to defend the tactic, making the point that for those who hadn’t been following the film’s every development on the internet, the reveal had the desired effect.
“What a dickhead,” chuckled Cumberbatch when informed of Abrams’ comments by IGN. “The amount of times we had to lie for him… the amount of times I had to talk about it not being my character!
“No, I love him,” continues the star, “but I don’t know if it was a bad or a good thing… the intention was to have a reveal in the audience that was going to be thrilling. That worked to an extent.
“Not everybody knew what they were in for when they went into the theatre… for those people it was a good thing… There was a verbal and physical reaction to it [in theatres I saw it in], so it kind of works.”
It all seems like a bit of a storm in a teacup to us, and while there’s an argument that it was a twist for the sake of a twist, we were just happy to see Khan back in business. Put us down as Team Cumberbatch on this one…
New Amazing Spider-Man 2 banner reveals villains
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 07:16:00 GMT
(click image for hi-res version)
Last week saw a new banner poster for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crop up online, in which a Green Goblin-like figure appeared alongside fellow villains Rhino and Electro.
Now, an official hi-res version has been released by Sony, with the Goblin seemingly played by Dane DeHaan, the man set to appear as Harry Osborn.
There’s also a look at what seems to be the Rhino armour in all its metallic glory, while Electro gets a suitably large chunk of the spotlight, although the new poster does seem to be depicting a three-way tussle for Spidey.
Expect to get a better look at the film's baddies when the new trailer is revealed this week.
Here are the teasers for the trailer, it's fair to say we're excited.
And a bunch of new still have been revealed via USA Today. Check 'em out:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in the UK on 18 April 2014.
Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson star in new trailer for Her: watch now
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 06:57:00 GMT
A new trailer has arrived for Her, Spike Jonze’s romantic drama with a difference, as Joaquin Phoenix sets about falling in love with his Siri-esque operating system.
In fairness to him, he has gone through something of a traumatic break-up with former wife Rooney Mara, and said operating system is voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
It’s an odd premise but a surprisingly moving one, particularly given the tenderness of Phoenix’s performance, with award-season recognition already being touted…
Take a look at the new trailer, below:
It’s good to have Phoenix back in the saddle after his mid-career hiatus, and combined with last year’s appearance in The Master, it seems he’s on a rich run of form.
Directed by Jonze and co-starring Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde and Chris Pratt, Her will open in the UK on 24 January 2014.
Elves abound in two new clips from The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug: watch now
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 06:07:00 GMT
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has released a pair of new clips, in which the elves get their moment in the spotlight.
The first clip shows Legolas and Thranduil interrogating an orcish prisoner, who is full of doom-laden prophesies about the future of Middle-earth.
Meanwhile, the second clip shows Legolas and Tauriel preparing to get stuck into a host of Orcs as they debate the involvement of their people in this new war.
You can take a look at the first clip below, while the second is available over at EW.com…
The Elves are getting plenty of attention in the promotional material so far, so much so, that the Dwarves might start getting jealous. And we know how that tends to go…
Directed by Peter Jackson and co-starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug will open in the UK on 13 December 2013.
Rita Ora cast in Fifty Shades Of Grey
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:33:00 GMT
Pop sensation Rita Ora has been cast in the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey adaptation.
The award-winning singer will play Mia Grey, sister to the film’s protagonist and BDSM enthusiast Christian Grey, in what will be her first major acting role.
The news was officially confirmed on Ora’s website but she also made an announcement on Twitter writing:
It's official! I've been cast in @FiftyShades of Grey as Christian's sister Mia. #FiftyShades — Rita Ora (@RitaOra) December 2, 2013
The film has been in the news a lot recently especially with the inclusion and subsequent withdrawal of Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam (much to the concurrent relief of many Fifty Shades/Anarchy fans) who was replaced by Irish actor Jamie Dornan.
It tells the story of the steamy relationship between mysterious billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan) and innocent literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). With artist turned director Sam Taylor-Johnson helming the film, and Irish model turned actor Dornan playing the lead, Ora will be in good company when it comes to career transitions.
But although we know her mainly as a pop starlet, Ora isn’t completely new to acting, having previously appeared in British drama Spivs back in 2004. The more eagle-eyed of you may have spotted her making a brief cameo in Fast & Furious 6 and this year she also turned up in an episode of long running American teen-drama 90210.
Pop stars turning their hand to acting is certainly nothing new, from Madonna to Justin Timberlake, although it’s not always guaranteed to be a success (for every Mariah Carey in Precious there's a Mariah Carey in Glitter).
With no major stars being cast, it will be interesting to see how this one turns out, but with shooting officially under way, and the UK release date set for 13 February 2015, it won’t be too long until we see Ora and the rest of the cast in action.
Exclusive dreamy clip from The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty: watch now
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:41:00 GMT
We've got an exclusive, dreamy new clip from Ben Stiller's upcoming drama The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.
Directed by and starring Stiller, the film follows his magazine worker Walter, who sets out on a mission to find a missing picture.
Meanwhile, he pines over co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) and imagines a far more exciting life for himself in which he's a rugged hero.
Speaking of, the below clip expands on a moment glimpsed in the trailer in which Walter envisions himself wooing Cheryl with his imaginary, rugged mountain-climber ways.
Check it out below...
Also starring Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn, Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty opens in cinemas on 26 December 2013.
Exclusive Kill Your Darlings Clip: Sparks Fly
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:00:00 GMT
Kill Your Darlings is getting substantial critical acclaim, and for good reason.
Yet while the plot and performances are superb, it's the chemistry between Daniel Radcliffe's Allen Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan's Lucien Carr that steals the show - as our exclusive clip shows.
The clip shows the first fateful meeting of the two, as a wide-eyed Ginsberg is introduced to a raucous, artistically liberating world he's never known.
The catalyst for said introduction? Mr Carr, whose intellectually seductive wiley ways prove rather arresting.
Watch the clip below and then let us know what you think in the comments below!
Kill Your Darlings is in UK cinemas from 6 December 2013.
Exclusive Adventure Time Clip: The First Three Minutes
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:50:00 GMT
It's rare a TV show literally stops you in your tracks.
But such is the wonderful, crazy, psychedelic silliness of animated adventure comedy Adventure Time.
We've got the first three minutes of its first episode 'Slumber Party Panic', which acts as a good primer to the weirdness and creativity on show in every episode.
Watch the clip - stuffed with re-animated corpses, sugar people, slumber parties and much more - and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Adventure Time Season 1 is out on DVD from 9 December 2013.
First teaser for Guillermo del Toro's The Strain: watch now
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:16:00 GMT
The first teaser trailer has emerged online for The Strain, Guillermo del Toro's forthcoming horror series, which premiered recently during the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead.
Shot in a found-footage style, the stomach-churning teaser shows hordes of rodents scuttling into a storm drain and through a municipal corridor. And that's about it.
The spot is deliberately mysterious in order to spark conversation as to just what it's all about, no surprise given Lost-alumnus Carlton Cuse's involvement as showrunner.
Take a look at the new teaser, below…
Based on the novel co-written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, The Strain will chart the introduction of a vampiric virus into New York, and will follow a group of survivors attempting to find a cure before it's too late.
Del Toro is acting as executive producer, while Sean Astin, David Bradley and Kevin Durand are among the cast. A UK air date has yet to be confirmed.
George Miller says Mad Max: Fury Road is “testing extremely well”
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 07:39:00 GMT
George Miller has given an update on the much-delayed Mad Max: Fury Road, and sounds pretty positive about the state the film is currently in.
“Our film, luckily after a ridiculous amount of work, is testing extremely well,” says Miller. “We're very happy.
“There has been a lot of doubt about it, [with people saying] 'it took so long', but Warners have delayed it until 2015 to go into the top weekend of the year.”
As to that delay, Miller goes on to explain that the decision to move the film away from 2014 was based on a desire to avoid competition with the FIFA World Cup that summer. Whether 2015’s cinematic landscape will be kinder to it, remains to be seen…
Finally, Miller went on to confirm that Mel Gibson will not be taking a cameo role in the new film, saying, “It would have been nice somehow, but no, it's not true.” Boooo!
Directed by Miller and co-starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, Mad Max: Fury Road will open in the US on 15 May 2015, with a UK date to be confirmed.
Rumour: David S. Goyer developing low-budget DC adaptations?
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 07:20:00 GMT
While David S. Goyer is heavily involved in Batman Vs. Superman, it seems that that isn’t the only DC property he’s working towards bringing to the big screen…
Bleeding Cool is reporting that Goyer is also involved in adapting several other DC comics into movie projects, albeit on significantly lower budgets than the aforementioned mega-sequel.
According to the report, the comics in question are Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Team 7 and Deathstroke, all of which could be made for around $20 – 40 million apiece.
The idea is that Warner and DC would release two of these a year, one in spring and one in autumn, in addition to the higher-profile releases already on the slate.
It’s thought that the studio will make an announcement along these lines in 2014, in order to mount a serious challenge to Marvel’s emerging dominance in the comic-book movie market. Sounds like the spandex isn’t going anywhere for a while yet…
The Bourne Legacy sequel gets a 2015 release date
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 07:06:00 GMT
Jeremy Renner will return to the Bourne series as Aaron Cross in 2015, with Universal confirming an official release date for the follow-up to The Bourne Legacy.
The studio has now confirmed that the film will open in the US on 14 August 2015, throwing it into the maelstrom of what promises to be the most competitive blockbuster summer of all time.
That said, its only direct competition opening on that date at present is The Smurfs 3, so the situation could probably be worse…
With Tony Gilroy no longer involved, the new film will be helmed by Justin Lin, with Anthony Peckham currently hard at work on a script.
Plot details are non-existent at this stage, although we’d assumed the action will pick up where the last film left off, with Aaron Cross having fled his pursuers for pastures far-flung.
As for whether Bourne himself will turn up, we’d suggest the absence of both Gilroy and Paul Greengrass would make the chances of a Matt Damon return somewhat remote. Still, we live in hope…
J.J. Abrams regrets Star Trek Into Darkness reveal
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 06:46:00 GMT
J.J. Abrams has been discussing Star Trek Into Darkness, and has revealed that in retrospect, he would rather have been up front about the identity of his villain (spoilers ahead).
Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch’s “John Harrison” was revealed to be none other than classic villain, Khan, a development that Abrams would rather have made clear from the get go…
“The truth is, I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront, ‘This is who it is,’” says Abrams. “It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimatise and accept that’s what the thing was.
“It was so important to the studio that we not angle this thing for existing fans. If we said it was Khan, it would feel like you’ve really got to know what Star Trek is about to see this movie. That would have been limiting.
“I can understand their argument to try to keep that quiet, but I do wonder if it would have seemed a little bit less like an attempt at deception if we had just come out with it.”
Meanwhile, Abrams was also asked about Joe Cornish as a potential director for the third film, a notion he seems genuinely excited by.
“My guess is that’s up in the air,” says Abrams. “I adore him and love him and can’t wait to see what he does next. Hopefully it will be Star Trek. Whatever it is, he’s brilliant. Attack the Block was one of my favourite movies of the year when it came out.” We shall see…