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First image from The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies released

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:27:00 GMT

The first image from The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has been released and it features Sir Ian McKellen and Luke Evans looking at something.

BUT WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING AT? IS IT A DRAGON? IS IT A MAN? IS IT A GIANT HOUSE? WHAT ABOUT A CAT?

Whatever it is, it looks scary. Probably a cat then. Or a house. Or many cats. We haven't read the books, so it really could be anything. 

Here's the image, and keep scrolling for a related video.  

Watch Luke Evans playing Guess The Movie Dragon below. 

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is out 12 December








Brett Ratner talks plans for a 'r-rated' Beverly Hills Cop 4

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:21:00 GMT

Brett Ratner's next project will be the latest installment of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, which sees Eddie Murphy's Detroit-based foul-mouthed street cop dealing with the well-off and powerful denizens of one of America's richest areas - Beverly Hills, obvs. 

And it sounds like Ratner and his team will be going back to basics, after Part Three's attempt to appeal to a more family-friendly market.

Check out what Ratner has to say below. 

Hercules is in UK cinemas 25 July 2014.








Corey Stoll talks Ant-Man script

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:58:00 GMT

Corey Stoll was cast in Ant-Man just before Edgar Wright left the project, but while the actor might be forgiven for feeling disappointed to see his director jump ship, he’s still extremely excited about how the film is going to turn out.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” says Stoll of his role in the film. “Reading the script – the script that Edgar wrote, and the script that there is now – it’s insane that this movie hasn’t been made before.” 

“Obviously, you need the technology because it needs to look great. But the whole idea of the changing of scale and the experiential effect of size-changing is just so cool. You read these scenes on the page, and I just got giddy. I think it’s gonna be so much fun.”

“You can get a little fatigued with superheroes,” he continues, “because everybody is just punching everybody, or shooting everybody with ray beams. This is a completely different kinetic experience in the theatre.”

With all the upheaval over Wright’s departure, it’s easy to forget what got us all so excited about the project in the first place, so it’s good to hear some positive buzz coming out of the camp for a change.

Directed by Peyton Reed and co-starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man will open in the UK on 17 July 2015.








New extended clip from Guardians Of The Galaxy: watch now

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:37:00 GMT

Guardians Of The Galaxy has released a new extended clip online, featuring nearly five minutes of new footage from the finished film.

The new clip shows our five heroes in the custody of John C. Reilly’s Corpsman Dey, and serves as a neat introduction to what each of them is about.

There’s backstory galore here, not only on the five leading characters, but also on how they fit in to the film’s wider storyline, with mention made of villains Nebula, Ronan and even Thanos.

Take a look at the new clip, below…



Nice contribution from Peter Serafinowicz there! And Rocket’s one-liner, “ain’t no thing like me, but me” is surely destined to adorn many a Comic-Con t-shirt in years to come…

Directed by James Gunn and co-starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper, Guardians Of The Galaxy will open in the UK on 31 July 2014.








Kevin Feige suggests Marvel will launch one sequel and one new franchise each year

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:19:00 GMT

Kevin Feige has been discussing Marvel’s ongoing plans for Phase 3 and beyond, and has indicated that the new model may be to release one new franchise and one sequel every year.

Guardians Of The Galaxy fulfilled our desire to do something different,” explains Feige, “to start producing, each year, a film that was the sequel to a pre-existing, successful franchise and do something new.”

“We're doing that next year with Age Of Ultron, with Ant-Man, and hope to maybe continue that model in the coming years.”

Feige’s comments come in the wake of Marvel confirming release dates for five untitled films to arrive between 2017 and 2019, with the studio head conceding that it remains a huge challenge to keep so many balls in the air.

“Is there a downside to managing multiple, successful franchises?” asks Feige. “I believe we’re figuring out that there is, which is having the time to do them all.” 

"So, at what point do we hold back a franchise or have three or four years between parts of a franchise in order to introduce new ones? Or do you introduce new ones within the body of the films? We’re looking at all those things right now.”

Guardians Of The Galaxy
will be Marvel’s next big release, with the film set to open in the UK next Thursday.








Rumour: Idris Elba to join Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:57:00 GMT

Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur adaptation could be about to make its first major casting announcement, with Idris Elba being linked to a key role in the new production.

According to Variety, Elba is in discussions with Warner over a part in the film, described in the report as “a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.”

The report goes on to say that Ritchie has spent the last few months meeting with a whole host of actors, with a glut of official offers to be made over the coming weeks.

As for the film itself, it has been suggested that it could be the first instalment in a six-movie series of Camelot-based films, although that is likely to translate to a standalone film with room left for sequels.

Directed by Ritchie from a script by Joby Harold, King Arthur will open in the UK on 22 July 2016.








Roberto Orci talks Power Rangers update

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:41:00 GMT

Roberto Orci has been discussing the recently announced Power Rangers movie, for which he will be an Executive Producer, and explains that the new film will not be a “leave it behind reboot”.

“One of the first things we did was learn and read,” says Orci. “[Saban] has 600 pages of research that they have on their stuff. We read through the synopsis of everything they did and we are actually taking into account quite a bit of the canon in a real way.”

“We’re not just a leave it behind reboot. [Haim] Saban cares very much about that. This is something that he created. I had to go to his house, personally, to tell him, ‘Listen, I’m your man. Miller and Stenz, these are your guys. I promise you I won’t ruin your franchise.’”

“And he said, ‘It’s very important to me, because kids around the world know what the Power Rangers are. So you can’t just come in here and walk all over it. It better be consistent with what I’ve been doing.’ And I said, ‘Yes sir!’”

As such, Orci reveals that there will be a connection between the world created for the Power Rangers TV show, and the movie he’s helping bring to life.

“It’s got a continuity within the world,” he says. “I can’t tell you what, but it does have a continuity.” The same colour suits? The same widdly-widdly guitar licks? Let’s hope so…








Watch an exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX featurette

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:54:00 GMT

As if you weren't excited enough about Guardians of the Galaxy already, we've got our hands on this snazzy IMAX featurette which boasts director James Gunn bigging up its IMAX-ready experience.

Not only that but we get brief glimpses at brand new footage (Groot carrying Rocket is both bad-ass and adorable), and a soundtrack guaranteed to get you excited for the finished product.

Watch the below and then let us know what you think in the comments.

Guardians of the Galaxy is in UK cinemas 31 July 2014.








Star Wars: Episode VII X-Wing style vehicle revealed

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:32:00 GMT

Brilliantly, wonderfully, JJ Abrams is using the focus and excitement we all have for the next installment of the Star Wars saga as a force for good (or a Force For Change as he calls it) by creating videos from the set that help raise money for charity via some rather exciting prizes.

Traditionally, JJ has held back information during the making-of period of his movies, so it's really exciting he's using these videos to offer glimpses of the set for fans, with the main purpose of supporting UNICEF.

It's basically the nicest Jedi mind trick we've ever seen.

In the video below you'll get your first proper look at a spaceship from Abrams' incarnation of the Star Wars universe - it looks a lot like a modified X-Wing, albeit one that's been through the (star) wars - and get a chance to win a trip to the set / or a special advance screening for you and your friends.

Oh, there's also a genuinely great laugh out loud moment at the end, featuring a character from the saga a lot of people will recognise, even if JJ doesn't.

Check it out below.

Star Wars: Episode VII is released on 16 December








First Imitation Game trailer lands online: watch now

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:51:00 GMT

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley feature in the first teaser trailer for The Imitation Game.

Get your peepers on it below, and then scroll down for the official synopsis.

Here's the official synopsis:

THE IMITATION GAME is a nail-biting race against time following Alan Turing (pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code) and his brilliant team at Britain's top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British establishment, but his work and legacy live on.

THE IMITATION GAME stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, TV's Sherlock) as Alan Turing and Keira Knightley (Atonement) as close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, alongside a top notch cast including Matthew Goode (A Single Man), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Charles Dance (Gosford Park, TV's Game of Thrones), Allen Leech (In Fear, TV's Downton Abbey) and Matthew Beard (An Education).

The Imitation Game is out November 14 2014. 
 








Dwayne Johnson reveals Shazam DC movie role?

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:59:00 GMT

We've long known that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is keen to take on a big role in the DC movie universe.

Yet while rumours have long been circulating that he could play Lobo or Green Lantern, we're pretty darn sure we've just nabbed the exclusive on who he'll be playing.

During a chat about all things Hercules (lots of amazing videos coming soon), we tried to nail down who he's playing.

Johnson reveals that he and DC are set to make a big announcement very soon (Comic-Con, anyone?), and that the character he'll be playing has 'the power of Superman', isn't Green Lantern "He was a character I wanted to play, but there was already a version of Green Lantern..." (so could we be seeing a shock Ryan Reynolds appearance at the DC/JLA Comic-Con panel?!), and 'can throw down', before teasing a very mysterious, hugely clue-heavy rejoinder...

Comic fans will quickly put the clues together, and they all point to Shazam - a DC movie that was first rumoured to be in development just last month.

For the uninitiated, Captain Marvel tells the story of a young boy, Billy Batson, who's granted the power to transform into a very Superman-like superhero called Captain Marvel. More importantly, he transforms into Captain Marvel by simply saying the word 'Shazam'. Just say the word, indeed.

Watch the video below to watch Johnson tease it in-person - including lots more detail about his dealings with DC - then let us know what you think in the comments.

Hercules is in UK cinemas 25 July 2014.








Jake Gyllenhaal looks a fright in creepy first teaser for Nightcrawler: watch now

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:44:00 GMT

A new viral video has gone online to promote Nightcrawler, in which a gaunt and wild-eyed Jake Gyllenhaal makes a desperate plea for employment.

The film will follow Gyllenhaal’s character, Louis Bloom, as he stumbles upon the murky world of freelance crime journalism, with this video serving to establish the mindset that takes him down such a road in the first place.

It’s certainly an arresting first clip, with Gyllenhaal on supremely unnerving form as the twitchiest of prospective employees…

Take a look at the new video, below…



“If you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy a ticket!” It’s the increasing desperation with which Gyllenhaal delivers that line that really sells the mania here. This is a man on the edge…

Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, and co-starring Rene Russo, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler will open in the UK on 14 November 2014.








Star-Lord has a plan in new Guardians Of The Galaxy clip: watch now

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:23:00 GMT

Guardians Of The Galaxy has released a great new clip online, in which Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord attempts to convince his teammates that he has a plan to thwart the evil Ronan.

Unfortunately for him, nobody else seems too convinced that he knows what he’s doing, least of all the antagonistic Rocket Raccoon…

The new clip shows off the film’s sense of humour in fine style, with Rocket, Drax and Groot all scoring big laughs along the way.

Check it out, below…



Quite aside from what is sure to be a visual spectacle, the script and the comic timing on show here have got us convinced that this could genuinely be the most entertaining Marvel movie to date. We're a bit excited, basically...

Directed by James Gunn and co-starring Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista, Guardians Of The Galaxy will open in the UK on 31 July 2014.








First trailer arrives for Homeland season 4: watch now

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:09:00 GMT

The first trailer has arrived online for the fourth season of Homeland, in which the show looks to have changed up its core storyline, with the focus now upon Pakistan.

With the previous series having wrapped up the original Nicholas Brody storyline, it seems that the new episodes will take Carrie in a new direction altogether, as she heads out into the field once more.

That said, there will obviously be some through-lines from what has gone before, with that picture of Carrie holding her baby a case in point…

Take a look at the new trailer, below…



It will be interesting to see how well Homeland manages to engage with its audience after moving away from a three-season story arc, although from the looks of this new trailer, there should still be plenty of excitement to look forward to.

Co-starring Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend, Homeland is expected to air in the UK later this year, with an exact date to be confirmed.








Ant-Man will use some of Edgar Wright’s visuals

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:55:00 GMT

Despite leaving the project earlier this year, Edgar Wright had put a lot of time and effort into prepping the story for Marvel’s Ant-Man adaptation, so it’s heartening to hear that some of his visuals will still be incorporated into the finished film.

Kevin Feige has been speaking about what we can expect from Marvel’s next big project, and has confirmed that new director Peyton Reed will be preserving some of Wright’s ideas in his version of the film.

“It wasn’t the whole movie,” says Feige of Wright’s storyboards, “and there are new elements in the movie obviously, now, that [Wright] was not involved in. But there are some segments [of Wright’s movie] that are awesome and will be brought to life in some incarnation.”

“Peyton certainly has all that material and is a talented enough and a secure enough guy to notice if something is really cool and go, ‘No reason to change that, that’s great.’ Or if he’s got his own spin on something to go and adapt it from there.”

Heartening stuff then, particularly given that Wright spent the best part of a decade working on the film. It would be a shame to throw the baby entirely out with the bathwater…

Directed by Reed and co-starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man will open in the UK on 17 July 2015.








First teaser trailer lands for Fifty Shades Of Grey: watch now

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:33:00 GMT

 

The first teaser trailer has arrived online for Fifty Shades Of Grey, shared (oddly enough) via the Instagram account of Beyoncé.

The video itself does use a breathy, panty snippet of Crazy In Love as its closing sting, which goes some way to explaining the connection between the star and the film, marketing benefits aside.

As to the actual footage, there’s not a huge amount to see here, although the white knuckles and bare legs give a tease of what’s to come…

Take a look at the new teaser, below…


We’ll get a much better impression of what to expect from the finished film when a full trailer arrives later this week. Expect smouldering glances and soft-focus galore…

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and co-starring Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and Jennifer Ehle, Fifty Shades Of Grey will open in the UK on 13 February 2015.








Ronan, Nebula and Korath star in new Guardians Of The Galaxy posters

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:46:00 GMT

Guardians Of The Galaxy has released three more character posters online, with some of the less heroic characters taking centre stage.

Primary antagonist Ronan the Accuser lines up alongside Nebula and Korath in the new posters, and mighty cool the three of them look, too!

We particularly like Nebula's look - who knew that a shaven head and purple bodysuit could look quite so badass?

By our calculations, that means that Benicio del Toro's character, The Collector, is the only key player yet to receive his own character poster. And how that haircut deserves one…

Directed by James Gunn, and co-starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper, Guardians Of The Galaxy will open in the UK on 31 July 2014.









Dane DeHaan has a zombie girlfriend in new clip from Life After Beth: watch now

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:05:00 GMT

The first clip has arrived online for Life After Beth, in which Dane DeHaan realises that his recently-deceased girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) isn’t so deceased after all…

Well, technically she did die, but now she’s back, having miraculously cheated the grave. However, it isn’t long before she starts to realise she has a newfound craving for human flesh…

This first clip shows DeHaan’s character first discovering what has happened, much to the chagrin of Beth’s frantic parents.

Take a look at the new clip, below…



Judging by this first clip, this looks like a promising addition to the zom-com genre, with Plaza on particularly amusing form here. Excellent casting all round!

Directed by Jeff Baena and co-starring John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon and Anna Kendrick, Life After Beth will open in the UK on 3 October 2014.








Alex Kurtzman talks Universal’s monster movie project

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:48:00 GMT

Alex Kurtzman has been discussing Universal’s newly announced plans for a shared universe of classic movie monsters, and has outlined how he and co-writer Chris Morgan intend to go about bringing it to life.

“Front and centre right now is Chris Morgan and I working on getting The Mummy off the ground and building up our Monster Universe,” says Kurtzman. “That’s where I’m spending my time.”

“I think it’s incredibly important to all of us to start focusing on each movie, and make each movie great, rather than thinking, ‘Okay, we want to do The Avengers next,’” he continues. 

“If that comes along, it will come along organically. When I was a kid, going to Universal Studios, which was all I wanted to do, all the time, there was a show that was all the monsters, and I loved that show. I was obsessed with Dracula. I was obsessed with Frankenstein. I was obsessed with the Wolfman.” 

“This guy used to get stretched on a rack, live and in front of the audience. It was so cool. It’s very exciting. It’s like being a kid in a candy store, getting to play with all those things again, at the very studio that birthed these monsters in the first place.”

"Most importantly, we’re really wanting to just do each one right. I think the world will come to us, if we build them correctly. Some monsters will get their own movie. Other monsters will appear in other movies, as secondary characters. The balance of that is what we’re working out right now.”

All of which sounds rather exciting, providing Kurtzman and and Morgan aren’t rushed into throwing characters together too quickly in some sort of Van Helsing-esque mish-mash.

We’ll get some idea of what to expect when the first in the series, The Mummy, opens in the UK on 22 April 2016.








Terrifying trailer arrives for The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle: watch now

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:26:00 GMT

The first trailer has arrived online for The Conjuring spin-off, Annabelle, giving us a little backstory on the demonic doll from the original film.

The new trailer sets up the aforementioned toy as a bringer of bad luck, as a hapless couple bring it into their home, inexplicably overlooking just how creepy it is.

Sure enough, it isn’t long before misfortune strikes in the form of a pair of violent home-invaders, with designs on innocent little Annabelle…

Take a look at the new trailer, below…


Pretty unnerving stuff then, although we stand by the notion that anyone who would willingly put that doll in their nursery needs their head examining.

Directed by John R. Leonettie, Annabelle will open in the UK on 10 October 2015, before a full sequel, The Conjuring 2, arrives on 30 October 2015.








Joss Whedon talks Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:08:00 GMT

After yesterday’s glut of new images and plot details, there’s more Avengers: Age Of Ultron news to update you on, with Joss Whedon having been talking about how Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch fit into proceedings.

“They’re on Team Ultron,” says Whedon, “which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they’re dealing with powers that they’re not used to. With the [first] Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody.”

“Now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it’s a darker, weirder, tougher world that they’re living in.”

“They’re gypsies in a way,” chips in Aaron Taylor-Johnson. “They’re Romani. They’re sort of like travellers… there’s a lot of clashing. He’s quick tempered. He gets agitated. He’s impatient. But he’s super protective.”

“They’re very yin-and-yang in that twin sense. In his power, he’s physical and she’s psychological. My character is very much on the frontline, but he can be quite emotional. You see this beautiful tenderness between them.”

Excitement levels are officially approaching fever pitch… Avengers: Age Of Ultron will open in the UK on 24 April 2015.








Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz star in first trailer for Laggies: watch now

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:11:00 GMT

The first trailer has landed online for Laggies, Lynn Shelton’s coming-of-age story starring Keira Knightley as a 28-year-old woman in search of direction.

Having done a runner from her long-term boyfriend, who has just made a very unwelcome proposal, Knightley finds herself befriending 16-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz after a chance meeting.

Soon enough she meets Moretz’s father, Sam Rockwell, who despite being initially perturbed by his daughter’s choice of friend, soon finds himself falling for her too.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…



Taking aside the various indie rom-com tropes on show (whimsical, sing-song soundtrack; hard-earned life-lessons etc.), the dynamic between the key players seems strong enough to pique the interest. And of course, Sam Rockwell is always excellent…

Directed by Shelton and co-starring Jeff Garlin, Mark Webber and Ellie Kemper, Laggies will open in the UK on 10 October 2014.








New Guardians Of The Galaxy posters focus on the supporting cast

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:32:00 GMT

Guardians Of The Galaxy has released a new trio of character posters online featuring some of the film’s impressive supporting ensemble.

These latest posters give Nova Prime, Corpsman Dey and the blue-skinned badass, Yondu, their moment in the spotlight, with Glenn Close sporting a particularly fetching hairdo as the former…

The new images ram home just what a superlative cast James Gunn has put together for this one, with three relatively minor roles being played by actors of the calibre of Close, John C. Reilly and Michael Rooker!

We’re still waiting for Karen Gillan, Lee Pace and Benicio Del Toro to get their own posters, although Marvel has tended to keep that trio out of the marketing push up until now…

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









Universal creating new franchise for its classic monsters

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:18:00 GMT

Universal has big plans for its classic movie monsters, with the studio aiming to create a franchise of new films all set in the same shared universe.

According to Deadline, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have been hired to sketch out a new series of crossover films for the likes of Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Wolfman et al to star in.

Whether or not Kurtzman and Morgan will perform any actual script-writing duties remains to be seen, but they will certainly be charged with creating the overarching concept to bring the studio’s vision to life.

The first film in this new wave will be a revival of The Mummy, which recently lost its director, Andres Muschietti, over creative differences with the studio.

Muschietti had reportedly wanted to take the film in a much darker direction, but Universal, presumably with one eye on this new plan, are adamant that it be a more family-oriented adventure than anything particularly horrifying.

The Mummy is currently pencilled in for a UK release date of 22 April 2016, with further monster movies set to be confirmed in the coming months…








New images and plot details from Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:55:00 GMT

A bumper crop of images and information has arrived online from Avengers: Age Of Ultron, courtesy of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Most exciting is the cover image, which gives us our first look at evil robot, Ultron, who bares a passing resemblance to the future-Sentinels recently spotted in X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

The new issue also goes some way towards explaining the villain’s motivations, with Ultron having been created by Tony Stark as a self-aware robot, designed to relieve him of his Iron Man duties. However, it turns out Ultron has some radical views of his own…

“Ultron sees the big picture,” explains Joss Whedon, “and he goes, ‘Okay, we need radical change, which will be violent and appalling, in order to make everything better’; he’s not just going ‘Muhaha, soon I’ll rule!’ He’s on a mission. He wants to save us.”

Meanwhile there are also new images of Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch as well as all your returning favourites. Avengers: Age Of Ultron will open in the UK on 24 April 2015.