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Jude Law set to join Guy Ritchie’s Knights Of The Roundtable

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:48:00 GMT

Guy Ritchie’s Camelot saga Knights Of The Roundtable looks set to add another big name to its growing ensemble, with Jude Law in negotiations to join the production.

According to Variety, Law is circling the role of the new film’s chief villain, although the identity of said bad guy has yet to be disclosed…

Warner has big plans for the film, which is expected to be the first in a potential six-film franchise. At this stage it is unclear whether Law’s role will be restricted to the first film, or whether he will recur throughout the series.

Should he sign on the dotted line, Law will line up opposite Charlie Hunnam’s King Arthur, while Astrid Berges-Frisbey has also signed on to play Guinevere.

Directed by Ritchie, Knights Of The Roundtable will open in the UK on 22 July 2016.

Vin Diesel stars in new image from The Last Witch Hunter

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Vin Diesel has posted a new image from The Last Witch Hunter on his Facebook page, in which he stars as the titular witch hunter, Kaldur.

The new image shows Kaldur looking mean and moody as a roaring fire rages all about him. Probably just burned some witches, knowing him…

The new film will see Kaldur forced to partner up with a feisty young woman played by Rose Leslie, when a coven of witches threatens to unleash a deadly plague upon humanity.

However, Leslie just so happens to be a witch herself, making for a very awkward partnership indeed. Expect mismatched sparks to fly every which way…

Directed by Breck Eisner and co-starring Michael Caine and Elijah Wood, The Last Witch Hunter will open in the US on 23 October 2015, with a UK date yet to be confirmed.

Scream TV show will change Ghostface’s mask

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:52:00 GMT

Mina Lefevre, MTV’s executive vice president, has been discussing the network’s forthcoming Scream TV show, and has revealed that Ghostface’s iconic mask will be altered for the small screen.

Scream was incredibly iconic,” says Lefevre, “but we wanted to reinvent that for TV while of course keeping all the main elements that made it so iconic, including a mask, but also the soapy teen stories, pop culture humor, the scares and the killer.”

“We’re tonally walking that line, yet delivering the scares in a significant way. The mask was a big discussion creatively. We wanted to get a nod and a wink to what the original was, but we definitely wanted to make it more on par with what horror is now, which is darker.”

And as for how that relates to the mask, it has been suggested that the new version will be a more disturbing proposition, in that it could be made from human flesh…

“It’s a darker, almost more grounded, evolved version of the mask,” says Lefevre. “It’s something we’re constantly talking about. How did that mask become that mask? What’s its purpose? How did it evolve?”

“If the Scream movie mask was the more plastic version, for a lack of a better description, this one is a more organic looking and frankly darker version.”

The new Scream show is set to run for ten episodes, and will debut in the US in October 2015, with a UK date to be confirmed.

Universal planning at least three more Fast & Furious films

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:30:00 GMT

Universal is planning to make at least three more Fast & Furious films, according to chairman Donna Langley, who has described the series as “still a growing franchise”.

Fast & Furious 7 has still yet to be released, but according to Langley, the studio is confident that the series still has enough in the tank to support a further trio of films…

“We think there’s at least three more,” says Langley. “Paul [Walker] is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. But there are many other great characters, and it’s also an opportunity to introduce new characters.”

“I think it’s still a growing franchise. We’ll see what happens with Furious 7 obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular.”

“We think that there’s more to mine there," she concludes. “But we’re of course very mindful about fatigue.”

Three more films would take the series to ten in total, which is pretty good going, even by today’s sequel-tastic standards. In the meantime, Fast & Furious 7 will open in the UK on 3 April 2015.

Daniel Bruhl to play villain in Captain America: Civil War

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:05:00 GMT

Captain America: Civil War might be set to pit Captain America and Iron Man against each other, but there will also be a standalone villain involved, with Daniel Bruhl officially signing on to play the film’s big bad.

It had been thought that Tony Stark might become the nominal villain of the piece, and while that might still be the case, Bruhl will ensure there is a fully fledged “bad guy” on the scene too.

Intriguingly, Variety reports that Bruhl’s character may also be the chief antagonist in Doctor Strange, a revelation that is sure to set the rumour mill into overdrive regarding his identity.

Kevin Feige broke the news on behalf of the studio, saying, “with Daniel’s ability to deliver intense, nuanced performances, we knew we had found yet another great actor to share the screen with some of our biggest heroes.”

Intriguing stuff. Captain America: Civil War will hit UK screens on 29 April 2016, before Doctor Strange arrives later that year, on 6 November.

New clip lands from Dumb & Dumber To: watch now

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:29:00 GMT

A new clip has arrived online from Dumb & Dumber To, whetting the appetite for round two of the seminal gross-out comedy. 

Peter and Bobby Farrelly had previously promised a raft of eyebrow-raising cameos in the new film, and this latest clip delivers on that in spades.   We won't spoil the surprise, suffice to say that the mystery guest is a Farrelly Bros. alumnus with a track record in scene-stealing cameos…   Take a look at the new clip, below…

As cameos go, that's some high-wattage star power right there! Apparently there are a few more to look forward to, although Jennifer Lawrence's appearance has reportedly failed to make it out of the cutting room. Shame.   Directed by the Farrellys and co-starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and Rob Riggle, Dumb & Dumber To will open in the UK on 19 December 2014.

Batman v Superman will include Bruce Wayne’s parents’ murder

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:30:00 GMT

Eyewitness reports have revealed some new plot details from Batman v Superman, namely that the new film will recreate the famous scene in which Thomas and Martha Wayne are shot dead.

Zack Snyder has apparently drawn heavily from the Frank Miller comic-book The Dark Knight Returns, in which the Waynes are murdered after a visit to the cinema to watch Zorro, a known inspiration for the character.

It also seems that Snyder filmed the entire sequence using IMAX cameras, which suggests the technology will be used liberally throughout the production.

Whether we need to see the Waynes meet a sticky end yet again is certainly up for debate, but it’s clearly something that Ben Affleck’s older version of the character is still struggling to process…

Directed by Snyder and co-starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenberg, Batman v Superman will open in the UK on 25 March 2016.

Christoph Waltz to play villain in Bond 24?

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Bond 24 may have found itself a villain, with Daily Mail reporter Baz Bamigboye reporting that Christoph Waltz has signed on to join the production.

The reporter broke the news via his Twitter feed, going on to reveal that the film will begin shooting in early December in Mexico, Morocco, Austria, Italy and London.

Should the rumour prove to be true, Waltz will be aided and abetted by Dave Bautista’s henchman, while Lea Seydoux is also thought to be on board as a classic femme fatale.

No specific plot details have been revealed as yet, but Waltz feels like a good fit for a traditional Bond villain, so hopefully we’ll get official confirmation on this sooner rather than later.

Directed by Sam Mendes and co-starring Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw, Bond 24 will open in the UK on 23 October 2015.

New trailer arrives for Fifty Shades Of Grey: watch now

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:44:00 GMT

A brand new trailer has arrived online for Fifty Shades Of Grey, in which Jamie Dornan’s sadomasochistic billionaire teaches Dakota Johnson’s wide-eyed naïf a thing or two…

While the first trailer only hinted at Christian’s Red Room of pain, and the naughty goings on that take place within, there’s a little more flesh on show second time around, as Dornan and Johnson embark on their BDSM odyssey.

And while some of the dialogue feels a little clunky, and the whole thing a little soft-focus, to its target audience, this latest trailer is likely to be purest catnip…

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

In all honesty, Fifty Shades could probably end the promotional material right there and still make a killing come Valentine’s Day. Instead, expect the hysteria to build and build…

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and co-starring Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle and Max Martini, Fifty Shades Of Grey will open in the UK on 13 February 2015.

Jessica Chastain lays down the law in new clip from A Most Violent Year: watch now

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:15:00 GMT

The first clip has arrived online from A Most Violent Year, and features Jessica Chastain on absolutely scintillating form, teaching David Oyelowo a little lesson in respect.

Oyelowo plays the District Attorney looking into Oscar Isaac’s business dealings, and despite the latter’s unshakeable belief that he is an honest operator, it seems that things are a little murkier than that.

However, his wife (Chastain) is determined to fight his corner, and lets Oyelowo know in no uncertain terms that his “disrespect” will not easily be forgotten.

Take a look at the new clip, below…

Chastain has been receiving a lot of early Oscar buzz on the back of her performance here, and on the strength of this latest footage, it’s not difficult to see why. Truly electric stuff…

Directed by J.C. Chandor and co-starring Albert Brooks and Alessandro Nivola, A Most Violent Year will open in the UK on 23 January 2015.

Final Reminder: Total Film has a new online home from next Tuesday!

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:06:00 GMT

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Jai Courtney in talks to join Suicide Squad

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:14:00 GMT

Warner's Suicide Squad casting drive continues apace, with Variety reporting that Jai Courtney is currently in talks to play Deadshot.

A regular villain in the Batman universe, Deadshot will apparently be one of the key characters in the forthcoming film, which will see a group of supervillains carrying out government missions in order to wipe their respective slates clean.

Should Courtney sign on the dotted line, he will line up alongside Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), with Tom Hardy and Will Smith also thought to be in advanced negotiations.

Variety also reports that Hardy's prospective role would be founding Suicide Squad member Rick Flagg, while Smith has been pencilled in to play Captain Boomerang, a long-standing nemesis of The Flash.

Directed by David Ayer, who is also giving the script a rewrite, Suicide Squad will open in the US on 5 August 2016, with a UK date yet to be confirmed.

Jai Coutney in talks to join Suicide Squad

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:14:00 GMT

Warner's Suicide Squad casting drive continues apace, with Variety reporting that Jai Courtney is currently in talks to play Deadshot.

A regular villain in the Batman universe, Deadshot will apparently be one of the key characters in the forthcoming film, which will see a group of supervillains carrying out government missions in order to wipe their respective slates clean.

Should Courtney sign on the dotted line, he will line up alongside Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), with Tom Hardy and Will Smith also thought to be in advanced negotiations.

Variety also reports that Hardy's prospective role would be founding Suicide Squad member Rick Flagg, while Smith has been pencilled in to play Captain Boomerang, a long-standing nemesis of The Flash.

Directed by David Ayer, who is also giving the script a rewrite, Suicide Squad will open in the US on 5 August 2016, with a UK date yet to be confirmed.

Michelle MacLaren in talks to direct Wonder Woman

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:07:00 GMT

Warner may well have found a director for its Wonder Woman solo movie, with THR reporting that Michelle MacLaren is currently in talks with the studio.

It had previously been reported that the Warner was searching for a female director to take the helm, and in our previous news piece, we speculated that MacLaren might be a good fit for the job.

Having amassed an impressive television CV, including a number of episodes of both Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones, MacLaren has yet to make the step up to feature films, but would be an exciting choice from the studio.

Official plot details are yet to be confirmed, but it is thought that the new film will be a period piece, following Wonder Woman’s attempts to fit in to life in 1920s America.

Starring Gal Gadot in the title role, Wonder Woman will open in the US on 23 June 2017, with a UK date yet to be confirmed.

Extended Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer contains brand new footage: watch now

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:48:00 GMT

As if we hadn’t already watched it to death, a new extended version of the Avengers: Age Of Ultron has appeared online, featuring a few snippets of brand new footage.

The new footage comes largely at the front end of the trailer, with Ultron taunting the Avengers and warning them that “there’s only one path to peace… your extinction.”

Indeed, this latest trailer mainly serves to ram home just what an impressive antagonist the new film has on its hands, with James Spader delivering a genuinely unnerving vocal performance.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

Exciting stuff then, and indeed, another reason to watch that Hulk vs. Iron Man scrap over and over again. April can’t come quickly enough…

Directed by Joss Whedon and co-starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, Avengers: Age Of Ultron will open in the UK on 24 April 2015.

Bryan Cranston stars in first Trumbo image

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:33:00 GMT

The first image has appeared online from Jay Roach’s Trumbo, featuring Bryan Cranston as the titular screenwriter who cracked the Hollywood blacklist.

The film will tell the real-life story of Dalton Trumbo, the world’s highest-paid screenwriter back in 1950, who found himself thrown in prison for refusing to answer the questions of Congress’ House UnAmerican Activities Committee.

Blacklisted from Hollywood, Trumbo became more prolific than ever, penning a host of films such as Roman Holiday under a variety of fake names, and winning two Academy Awards into the bargain.

The new film will represent Cranston’s first major role since finishing work on Breaking Bad, and it will be nice to see him playing somebody a little more principled than Walter White…

Directed by Roach and co-starring Elle Fanning, Diane Lane and Helen Mirren, Trumbo will open in the UK in 2015, with a specific release date yet to be confirmed.

First teaser trailer lands for The Divergent Series: Insurgent: watch now

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:17:00 GMT

The first teaser trailer has landed online for YA sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which as you might have guessed, is the follow-up to Divergent.

The sequel picks up with Shailene Woodley's teen heroine Tris facing some dramatically raised stakes, as she and Theo James' Four go on the run from the power-hungry Erudite elite.

With her family also in the crosshairs, Tris is going to have to steel herself against increasingly stacked odds. Hopefully that close-cut hairdo will help with that...

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

The first film started slowly at the box office but ended up raking in some $300 million worldwide, so with the added advantage of brand recognition, Lionsgate will be hoping for big things second time out…

Directed by Robert Schwentke and co-starring Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller, The Divergent Series: Insurgent will open in the UK on 20 March 2015.

Rupert Wyatt discusses how he would have made Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:19:00 GMT

Rupert Wyatt’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was a critical and commercial success, but while Fox were keen for him to return for the sequel, the director felt the 2014 release date made things too tight, and eventually dropped out.

Wyatt has since shared his opinions with Collider on Matt Reeves’ Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and explains where he might have done things differently…

“I thought it was beautifully directed,” says Wyatt, “an incredibly well-made film.  It’s hard, you know, because I very much wanted to do the sequel. I was very passionate about doing the sequel and other films.”

“I think the fundamental thing I wanted to do, which I think the franchise will probably do – and I haven’t talked specifically to Matt or Mark Bomback, the writer, of where they’re going with this - but I would imagine the thing that they’re going to go to was the thing I was hoping to do with the sequel, which is go into the cities.”

“Evolve technically, sort of figure out the combustion engine, so in a way interact with our society. And for me, I found that fascinating, and I guess what Matt wanted to do - and obviously it was his first Apes film - was play out more the interim aspect of it. Keep them in the forest for longer and stuff, so that was the fundamental difference between our takes on it.”

Not that Wyatt is in any way bitter at having passed up on his chance to further shape the franchise…

“He’s his own filmmaker, I’m a different filmmaker, so it’s great he’s had success with that film and the fact that the franchise lives, that’s what we’re all hoping for. So for that, I was thrilled when I was watching it.”

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies releases a first TV spot: watch now

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:02:00 GMT

The first TV spot has arrived online for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, and it places an emphasis firmly on the high-stakes scenario of the final showdown between our heroes and Sauron.

Having spent the last two films on the fringes of the narrative, Middle-earth’s big bad is back at the heart of things this time out, sending hordes of orcs to the Lonely Mountain in a concerted grab for power.

If they are going to resist him, the forces of men, dwarves and elves will have to work together, but there are some fundamental differences to be overcome first, before they can work as a team…

Take a look at the new spot below…

Battlefield carnage looks to be the order of the day in this third outing, although there are some nice dramatic moments on show here too, as Aidan Turner and Richard Armitage argue over the dwarves’ involvement in the war for Middle-earth.

Directed by Peter Jackson and co-starring Martine Freeman, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will open in the UK on 12 December 2014.

Johnny Depp stars in new trailer for Mortdecai: watch now

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:46:00 GMT

A new trailer has arrived online for Mortdecai, David Koepp’s comedy caper starring Johnny Depp as the titular roguish art dealer.

When a priceless painting is stolen from British shores, the government turns to our man Mortdecai to return it, citing Queen and country as the necessary motivation for doing so.

However, Mortdecai is in a bit of financial bother himself, and has other ideas for where the painting might end up once recovered…

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

Ludicrously OTT it might be, but there’s a breathless mania to the whole thing that’s remarkably infectious, while Depp looks as though he’s having the time of his life…

Directed by Koepp and co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor and Paul Bettany, Mortdecai will open in the UK on 23 January 2015.

Is Sony planning a Spider-Man spin-off focusing on Aunt May?

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:26:00 GMT

With Venom and Sinister Six spin-offs currently in the pipeline, Sony is broadening its horizons regarding the Spider-Man franchise, but could an Aunt May solo movie also be on the way?

Well, that’s the plan, according to Latino Review, who are reporting that the studio is mulling over the idea of an origin story, focusing on the character’s younger years.

The report claims that the film would be an espionage story, and would be tonally similar to Mad Men, although the more obvious comparison would seem to be Marvel’s Agent Carter.

While the notion of Aunt May as a super spy has yet to be explored in Spidey lore, there was a short-lived comic-book run entitled Trouble that dealt with Aunt May, Uncle Ben and the Parkers during their younger years…

We’d advise taking this one with a pinch of salt for now, although with studios keen to break new ground with female-centric superhero movies, don’t rule it out completely…

UPDATE: Comic Book Resources reports that Sony have denied an Aunt May spin-off, citing a studio executive who called the story a "silly rumour" with "no validity whatsoever".

Toby Kebbell reveals drastic new Dr. Doom origin for The Fantastic Four

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:33:00 GMT

Toby Kebbell has been discussing his role as Dr. Doom in the upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four, and has revealed a drastic new origin story for the character.

"The only thing I can tease you about is what I worked on most was the voice," begins Kebbell in an interview with Collider. "Even in the cartoons, when I was watching them I was like, 'So where’s he from?' There’s a mild change and I’ll tell you because of our history…"

And then comes the bombshell, as Kebbell reveals the film is set to make some major changes to the iconic character…

"He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story. And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours - I’m a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I’m 'Doom'."

Quite a shift then, but one Kebbell feels fits in perfectly with the direction in which Josh Trank has steered the film.

"Yeah, it was cool man," continues Kebbell. "Josh, the whole deal, the lo-fi way he did it, the ultra-real. It was just nice to do that. It was nice to be feeling like we had to come to terms with what was given by this incident."

Directed by Trank and co-starring Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Miles Teller, The Fantastic Four will open in the UK on 6 August 2015.

Exclusive Guardians Of The Galaxy bonus clip goes behind the music: watch now

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:21:00 GMT

We’ve managed to get our hands on some exclusive new bonus material from the home entertainment release of Guardians Of The Galaxy, featuring a look at the music of the film.

Boasting the runaway soundtrack of the year, Guardians’ mix of 70s pop classics lifts the action throughout, with James Gunn and Chris Pratt both speaking here about the importance of the mix tape that features Blue Swede, The Runaways et al.

As the pair explain, the soundtrack does a great job of linking the intergalactic action with Peter Quill’s earthbound origins. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s full of stone cold classics, either…

Take a look at the new clip, below:

Yep, just when we thought we’d played the Awesome Mix to death, here comes a timely reminder to get it back on the office stereo. All together now… Ooga-chaka, ooga-ooga…

Guardians Of The Galaxy will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD from 24 November 2014.

Bruce Campbell to star in Evil Dead TV show

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:15:00 GMT

The long-rumoured Evil Dead TV show is officially a go, with Starz confirming a ten-episode series to be directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell.

The new show will be entitled Ash vs. Evil Dead, and will take the form of ten 30-minute episodes, written by Raimi alongside his brother Ivan and co-writer Tom Spezialy, with producer Rob Tapert also on board.

According to Collider, the new show will pick up with Ash having spent “the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead”, before he is forced out of retirement by a plague of marauding Deadites.

Evil Dead has always been a blast,” says Raimi. “Bruce, Rob, and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash’s lame, but heroic saga. With his chainsaw arm and his ‘boomstick,’ Ash is back to kick some monster butt. And brother, this time there’s a truckload of it.”

Ash vs. Evil Dead has yet to receive a specific air date, but the new series is expected to make its bow at some point next year. Hail to the king, baby.

Christopher Nolan comments on Ben Affleck’s Batman casting

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:54:00 GMT

Christopher Nolan has been speaking about his remaining links to Warner’s DC universe, and has told The Daily Beast what he made of Ben Affleck’s casting in Batman v Superman

“I’m only involved in that project in an advisory capacity as an executive producer, so I’m not involved in the day-to-day,” says Nolan. “When they told me that Ben was interested in doing it, I thought, ‘How thrilling!’”

“This is the guy who just won Best Picture as a director and as an actor, and I thought it would be a great thing that he’d be willing to do this. I think the guy is incredibly talented and I’m very excited to see what Zack and Ben do together.”

Indeed, much of the initial hysteria that greeted Affleck’s casting has gradually died down over the intervening months, but it’s still nice to hear a backer of Nolan’s calibre getting behind him…

Directed by Snyder and co-starring Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg and Gal Gadot, Batman v Superman will open in the UK on 25 March 2016.