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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.

Zack Snyder updates on Batman vs. Superman

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:46:00 GMT

Zack Snyder has given an update on how things are progressing with Batman vs. Superman, revealing his excitement at seeing his titular heroes together for the first time.

"Even just Batman and Superman standing next to each other… " marvels Snyder. "It’s kind of epic. You do sort of sense the weight of the pop culture iconography jumping out of its skin when you’re standing there looking at the two of them and Wonder Woman."

"It’s crazy, but it’s fun. I mean, I have the first photo, I’ve got it in my archive because I was like, 'Okay, I better keep this, it’s gonna be worth something!'"

And with that level of excitement building, Snyder admits that the level of secrecy he needs to maintain can occasionally be a drag…

"I’m like, 'God, I want to send this to the Internet immediately,'" says Snyder, when talking about the new Batsuit. "But I know I’m not allowed to! I do value the sort of excitement of the way the film is revealed."

Co-starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, Batman vs. Superman will open in the UK on 6 May 2016.

Cannes 2014 line-up revealed

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:26:00 GMT

The official line-up for Cannes 2014 has been revealed.

As ever, it's a varied and exciting bunch, mixing up established and classic festival directors with intriguing new mainstream projects.

The biggest and most obvious showdown will be between two of the most esteemed British directors working today, as Ken Loach presents what's said to be his final feature film Jimmy's Hall - up against Mike Leigh, who'll be in attendance with biopic Mr. Turner about painter JMW Turner starring Timothy Spall. 

Both will compete for the Palme d'Or, with a line-up consisting of a total of 18 films.

Other big names in the competition include David Cronenberg (with the Robert Pattinson-starring Map to the Stars), Jean-Luc Godard (who'll present Goodbye to Language), Tommy Lee Jones' second directorial effort The Homesman (a Western starring Hilary Swank), Olivier Assayas' Sils Maria (starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Juliette Binoche), the Bennett Miller-directed Foxcatcher (which stars Steve Carell in his darkest role yet), and the already announced Nicole Kidman-starring biopic Grace of Monaco.

In the Un Certain Regard category, the most notable inclusion is Ryan Gosling's directorial debut How to Catch a Monster.

And finally, out of competition, Dean DeBlois' How to Train Your Dragon 2 will celebrate Dreamworks Studio's 20th anniversary, while many will be excited by David 'Animal Kingdom' Michod's sci-fi Western The Rover which also stars Robert Pattinson. 

The 67th Cannes festival will run from 14 - 25 May 2014 - and the lovely official poster can be seen below.


Rogue will appear in X-Men: Days Of Future Past after all

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:29:00 GMT

Rogue fans rejoice, as Vulture has confirmed that the energy-absorbing mutant has not been cut from X-Men: Days Of Future Past after all.

Anna Paquin was always going to be a minor player in the new film, but it had seemed that she would be missing altogether when Bryan Singer described her involvement as "extraneous".

However, he had teased that she would still be appearing in some capacity, and now Vulture reports that a Rogue cameo is still very much a part of the finished film.

Without going into too much detail, it transpires that Rogue's involvement is pivotal to the film's plot, without her actually being on screen for very long. We won't spoil any more, although all the details are over on Vulture

The report also claims that there will be other cameos along the way. Will Ray Park's Toad get another go-around? We'll have to wait and see, when the film opens in the UK on 22 May 2014.

Fox developing Mrs. Doubtfire 2

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:46:00 GMT

Fox is developing a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire, some 21 years after the first film scored a whopping $219 million at the US box office.

According to The Wrap, Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum has penned a script, with Robin Williams set to return in the title role and Chris Columbus also on board to direct.

The studio had initially tried to kick-start a sequel back in 2001, although it took until 2006 for a completed script to emerge, at which point it was rejected by Williams.

Nothing more has happened on the project since then, but the wheels definitely seem to be turning now, with Williams set to don the house-dress and rollers once more.

No plot details have been confirmed as yet, but we'd imagine that there might be grandchildren involved somewhere in the mix. Flaming false breasts, ahoy!

Now the news official, why not peruse our feature on 5 Movie Plots for Mrs Doubtfire 2. Includes stupid things like the picture below.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2's X-Men: Days of Future Past sting explained

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:38:00 GMT

UPDATE: Any comic book movie fan who saw yesterday's news story about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 containing an X-Men: Days of Future Past credits scene would no doubt have been giddy at the possibility of the cinematic worlds overlapping.

Alas, Variety reports it's coming from a far more contractual and legal motivation rather than creative.

Variety reports that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb had an existing contract with Fox Searchlight following his work on 500 (Days) of Summer. Following the success of his work on the first Spidey reboot, he had to endure contractual wranglings as Sony wanted him back for Spidey 2, whereas he was tied to Fox for another film.

The solution?

Fox agreed to let Webb head to Sony on the proviso that Sony would promote Fox's new X-Men movie.

So while the reality is far from a creative crossover, at least there's hope that the studios can work together. Here's hoping for the Avengers/Spidey/X-Men movie in 2072.

In perhaps the most surprising news of the day, it appears that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will have an X-Men: Days of Future Past sting hidden within its credits.

For the legally unitiated, it's surprising because Fox own the movie rights to the X-Men, while Sony own the rights to The Amazing Spider-Man, meaning any crossover has previously been seen as a legal and contractual nightmare.

And while the sting isn't tying the two worlds together a la Marvel's own regular post-credit universe weaving (the X-Men scene in question is a straight clip from Days of Future Past, showcasing Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique and her motley crew attacking William Stryker's armed forces), it certainly hints at an exciting future in which both studios work together for the greater comic book movie fan good.

Sure, it's a world away from an Avengers/Wolverine/Spider-Man cinematic crossover, but with Sony confirming that the X-Men clip will be attached to the Spidey cut in the UK (and, from the look of Twitter, already in France), it holds a host of exciting possibilities.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is in UK cinemas now.

First trailer for Eli Roth's cannibal horror The Green Inferno: watch now

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:29:00 GMT

The first trailer has arrived online for The Green Inferno, Eli Roth's tale of cannibal terror set in the Amazon rainforest.

Roth's first directorial effort in six years, the new film will follow a group of student activists who travel from NYC to the rainforest in order to save an ancient tribe from extinction.

However, it turns out that said tribe are actually cannibals, and have no great desire to be saved from anything… except starvation, that is.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

This first trailer skirts around any of the actual flesh-munching grisliness, although when the film screened at TIFF last year, it drew some fairly extreme reactions from audiences. Expect gore then, and plenty of it…

Directed by Roth and co-starring Lorenza Isso, Ariel Levy and Daryl Sabara, The Green Inferno will open in the US on 5 September 2014, with a UK date to be confirmed.



Jerry Bruckheimer hoping to shoot Beverly Hills Cop 4 this year

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:15:00 GMT

Jerry Bruckheimer has been discussing a pair of massive projects in the form of Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, and has revealed that he hopes both will shoot this year.

"We’re going to take Eddie [Murphy] back to Detroit," says Bruckheimer. "He’s going to be in Beverly Hills, so we’re going to have some fun with him.” 

The producer went on to confirm that the script is nearly finished, and that the plan is to get cameras rolling by either late summer or early autumn.

Meanwhile, the next Pirates Of The Caribbean film should also be afloat before too long, with Bruckheimer confirming that filming should begin on that project by the end of the year at the latest.

He want on to reveal that he expects Johnny Depp to return for the fifth instalment, while the studio would be "happy to have Keith Richards return". Mismatched buddy movie on the high seas? Yes please…

Third Hobbit film may be getting a name change

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:00:00 GMT

New Line is apparently mulling over a name change for the third film in the Hobbit series, with the next instalment possibly becoming The Hobbit: Into The Fire.

The film is currently titled The Hobbit: There And Back Again, but according to TheOneRing.net, New Line has just had the alternative title officially registered.

As for the significance of the new moniker, it refers to a chapter title in Tolkien's original novel, and is also spoken in the film, in the context of "out of the frying pan"…

Of course, it's possible that New Line has registered the new title for some other purpose, such as a videogame release, but it would seem to fit the final film quite nicely.

We should find out for sure in the coming months, with cast and crew heading to Comic-Con this July. The film will open in the UK on 12 December 2014.

Godzilla's monsters revealed in merchandise line-up

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:35:00 GMT

Big fat ol' SPOILER WARNING right up front.

Godzilla's merchandise and toy range has been unveiled, and a couple of the movie's monster-related secrets seem to have been revealed in the process.

The full array of toys and tie-ins can be seen over at SciFi Japan but check out some of our favourites below - including Godzilla's possible powers, tie-in clothing, child-sized toys, and **ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT** our first clear glimpse at the beastie that Godzilla will be trading blows with.

As ever, toy ranges can differ from the in-movie finished design, but this looks pretty spot-on when compared with the brief glimpses we've seen in the trailers.

All images courtesy of JAKKS Pacific. GODZILLA TM & © Toho Co., Ltd. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2013 JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

Godzilla is in UK cinemas 15 May 2014.


Three new The Two Faces of January character posters revealed

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:46:00 GMT

The Two Faces of January looks like being one of the more beautiful, enigmatic of thrillers heading into cinemas.

And we've got our hands on three exclusive character posters.

Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac are all stylishly front and centre in these posters, giving a glimpse at the characters behind a 1960s-set thriller about a glamorous and mysterious American couple (Mortensen and Dunst) who woo a stranger they meet on holiday in Greece (Isaac) into a complex web of murder, deceit and a dangerous battle of wits.

As far as a pedigree goes, you can't get much classier than from the producer of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the author of The Talented Mr Ripley, and the writer of Drive.

Check out the posters below and then let us know what you think in the comments!

[Click on each poster for a hi-res version]


The Two Faces of January is in UK cinemas 16 May 2014.

Watch the first Guardians of the Galaxy behind-the-scenes video

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:01:00 GMT

If Guardians of the Galaxy isn't one of the most fun, exciting and downright bonkers blockbusters of the year, we'll eat our hats.

And while we've seen a clip and trailer, this is your first chance to go behind-the-scenes in a star-studded video featurette.

Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper are all on-show as they rave about why Marvel's latest superhero sci-fi epic could be its best action movie yet.

Watch the video below, and then let us know what you think in the comments below!


Guardians of the Galaxy hits UK cinemas 1 August 2014.

Michael Bay planning to reboot Friday 13th for a second time

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:08:00 GMT

When is a reboot not a reboot? When it's a re-reboot of course! And that's exactly what Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes is planning for the Friday 13th franchise…

Having acquired the rights to the franchise back in 2009, Bay rebooted the series for a first time, hiring Marcus Nispel to breathe new life into Jason's teen-skewering exploits.

Sadly for Platinum Dunes, that film flopped and didn't spawn the anticipated sequel, which is why it's back to the drawing board all over again with a second do-over of the seminal slasher movie.

According to The Wrap, David Bruckner is currently in talks to direct, having impressed with his segment of the first V/H/S film, with the report suggesting he may go down the found-footage route.

Paramount will apparently be distributing the film, with a US release date set for 13 March 2015. And yes, that is a Friday...

Channing Tatum reveals he has discussed playing Gambit with Fox

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:51:00 GMT

Just last week we reported that Lauren Schuler Donner and Fox were keen to explore some potential X-Men spin-offs, with the former revealing she had Channing Tatum in mind to play Gambit.

Now the star has revealed that he and Schuler Donner have met to discuss the role, and he sounds more than happy to play it, should everything come together as planned…

"I met with Lauren Schuler Donner," reveals Tatum. "Gambit’s the only X-Man that I’ve ever loved. I [mean] I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, [but] I don’t know, I guess just being from down south, I just related to him." 

"He’s just kind of a suave; he’s the most un-X-Men X-Man who’s ever been in X-Men, other than maybe Wolverine. He’s kind of like the anti-hero."

"He’s a thief. He’s not even like a hero, he’s kind of walking the line of grey. He loves women and drinking and smoking... he’s just a cool guy that happens to have a good moral center.”

And as for whether he'd accept the part, should an official offer come along, Tatum is unequivocal.

“I hope it does [come together]," says the star. "You never know, it’s a weird industry. If the stars align, I would play it. I’m already working on the accent.”

Whether that would be in a standalone film, or as part of the forthcoming X-Men: Apocalypse remains to be seen, but it certainly sounds as though everyone's favourite Cajun badass is coming to the big screen.

And as for the first word on Tatum's desire to play Gambit? We scooped that a whole seven months ago - enjoy!

Paul Walker's brothers will assist with Fast & Furious 7

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:37:00 GMT

Fast & Furious 7 has recruited the brothers of the late Paul Walker to help assist with the film's completion, with Caleb and Cody Walker to help with the filming of some of the star's unfinished scenes.

We had already learned that the production would use a combination of digital trickery and body doubles to complete Walker's scenes, and it seems likely that the brothers will help with the latter.

"We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family," reads an official statement on the film's Facebook page.

"Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too."

It's a very classy touch from Universal, who could presumably have hired anyone matching Walker's height and build. Directed by James Wan, Fast & Furious 7 will open in the UK on 10 April 2015.

Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde star in new trailer for Third Person: watch now

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:32:00 GMT

The first trailer has  arrived online for Third Person, Paul Haggis's start-studded tale of a trio of couples whose lives become increasingly interconnected.

Set in three different cities, Rome, Paris and New York, the film follows Liam Neeson's writer and his young protege (Olivia Wilde), warring former spouses James Franco and Mila Kunis, and Adrien Brody attempting to help a beautiful stranger in need.

Sure enough, all three relationships find themselves reaching crisis point, as their stories begin to interlink and overlap…

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

It's certainly a cast boasting significant star-power, and while the film garnered some mixed reviews when it screened at TIFF last year, it looks nothing less than intriguing here…

Directed by Haggis and co-starring Kim Basinger, Moran Atias and Maria Bello, Third Person will open in the UK later this year, with an official release date to be confirmed.

Hugh Jackman stars in final trailer for X-Men: Days Of Future Past: watch now

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:06:00 GMT


The final trailer has arrived online for X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and to describe it as "epic" would only really be scratching the surface…

The new trailer focuses on Wolverine's mission in the past, as he tracks down the young Xavier, Magneto and Mystique, and convinces them to put their differences aside.

There's also plenty of action from the "future" section of the film, as the Sentinels wreak havoc on mutantkind with extreme prejudice.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

Quicksilver looks like he's going to be quite the handful, while it's great to see Peter Dinklage on villain duties as the nefarious Boliver Trask. That is some moustache…

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

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis take flight in new Jupiter Ascending image

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:28:00 GMT

We've got our hands on an exclusive new image from Jupiter Ascending.

And it's one that amps up the sci-fi action-packed tone, with Channing Tatum blasting off with his anti-grav boots.

Throw in a bewildered looking Mila Kunis as the woman-set-to-be-Queen-of-the-Universe he's on a mission to save, and it's a picture that's sure to get Wachowski fans excited.

[Click on the image below for a hi-res version]


Jupiter Ascending hits UK cinemas 25 July 2014.

Spider-Man Week on Total Film!

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:45:00 GMT

To celebrate the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (in UK cinemas from 16 April 2014), we're turning Total Film Spidey-tastic for the week.

Not only does that mean a whole new Spidey-fied Total Film logo throughout the site (see top left!), but a host of exclusive content. Keep your peepers out for...


Exclusive Features, like the 50 Greatest Spider-Man Villains! Exclusive star-studded videos ever day - like our incredible Trailer Breakdown! Amazing LEGO silliness - keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more! Our The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review!


And when you've seen the movie, make sure to let us know what you think in the comments.


Watch an exclusive The Amazing Spider-Man 2 IMAX featurette

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:35:00 GMT

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is an, erm, amazing enough experience seen simply in 3D.

Throw in the possibility of viewing it in retina-rattling IMAX 3D though, and things are taken to a whole new level.

We've got our hands on an exclusive featurette in which Marc Webb and a host of other BTS Spidey faces talk about the joys of IMAX, and what you can expect from the movie.

The Amazing Spider-Man is in UK cinemas from 16 April 2014.

Enter our amazing Godzilla competition!

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:40:00 GMT


Love Godzilla?

Think you're its - every pun intended - biggest fan?

Then we want YOU!

We're running a competition to find the UK's biggest Godzilla fan - and if you can prove you have what it takes, then you could win tickets and an overnight stay for the massive Godzilla European Premiere in London!

Just click on the below for more information and how to enter - and good luck!

Godzilla hits UK cinemas 15 May 2014.


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First full clip arrives for Guardians Of The Galaxy: watch now

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:12:00 GMT

The first full clip has arrived online from Guardians Of The Galaxy, in which Chris Pratt's Star-Lord finds himself taken rather unceremoniously into custody.

The new clip is basically an extended version of the scene at the beginning of the trailer, in which Pratt's character is up to no good, attempting to pocket a mysterious and powerful orb.

However, it's less the getting caught that ticks our hero off, and more the fact that his captors don't seem to have the first clue who he is…

Take a look at the new clip, below…

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With his easy charm and way around a one-liner, Pratt is making a strong case here for becoming Marvel's most charismatic leading man since Downey. Quite the shoes to be filling…

Directed by James Gunn and co-starring Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del Toro and Bradley Cooper, Guardians Of The Galaxy will open in the UK on 1 August 2014.