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Exclusive Interstellar poster

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:42:00 GMT

Chris Nolan doesn't do things by halves. This week there have been more Interstellar posters hitting the Internet than there are stars in the sky.

Not that we're complaining, especially when we've got the best one yet - completely exclusively.

Nolan liked this image from his film so much he made it one of the US posters for his complex space-exploration epic, and we can see why - it's a truly awe-inspiring shot, beautifully rendered, with a stunning mix of colours.

We really can't wait to see the sequence - travelling through a wormhole - it depicts in motion. 

Check it out below, and click on it to see the hi-res version.

[Click on the poster to see it in hi-res]

Then head to Facebook to like @Interstellar, and Twitter to follow @InterstellarUK

The film is out on November 7 and we'll see you in the queue at the IMAX.

Now let's all watch the trailer on repeat until then. 








Woody Allen and Emma Stone making Magic together

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:57:00 GMT

Magic In The Moonlight is in cinemas tomorrow, and to mark the occasion we've got our hands on some exclusive behind the scenes stills.

Scroll down to see Emma Stone seemingly looking a bit baffled by Woody Allen's direction, Allen apparently praying to a God we thought he didn't believe in ("If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse.") and more.

Official synopsis:

Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen’s MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT plays is the one that fools us all.
 
Directed by Woody Allen, the film stars Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Jacki Weaver, Simon McBurney and Eileen Atkins.

Magic In The Moonlight is in cinemas tomorrow. 

 








Robert Downey Jr. stars in latest trailer for The Judge: watch now

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:17:00 GMT

 

The latest trailer has arrived online for The Judge, in which Robert Downey Jr.’s high-flying lawyer is forced to put family tensions aside when his father is accused of murder.

Robert Duvall plays the accused, a prickly old judge in small-town Indiana, who is less then enamoured with his estranged son’s strategy for the defence.

However, the two will be forced to pull together in order to clear the older man’s name. And if they learn a few life lessons along the way, so much the better…

Take a look at the new trailer, below…



As with the trailers that have come before, there’s a hefty dose of schmaltz on display here, but hopefully Downey’s signature acerbic wit will cut through all that in the finished article…

Directed by David Dobkin and co-starring Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton, The Judge will open in the UK on 17 October 2014.








Doctor Strange gets an official release date

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:03:00 GMT

Marvel has finally confirmed an official release date for Doctor Strange, with the film set to arrive in the summer of 2016.

The film will officially open in US cinemas on 8 July 2016, with a UK date to be confirmed amid rumours that the shoot is set to take place on these shores.

According to Screen Daily, Marvel is currently in “advanced negotiations” with Pinewood-Shepperton studios, with a view to beginning filming the project in late 2014 / early 2015.

The film will follow the adventures of the titular doctor, a former neurosurgeon who becomes a wildly powerful sorcerer, having been forced to abandon his career after a crippling car accident.

The film will be directed by Scott Derrickson, and while no official casting has been made as yet, Joaquin Phoenix, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jack Huston have all been linked to the title role in recent weeks.








Matthew McConaughey not returning for Magic Mike XXL

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:47:00 GMT

Matthew McConaughey will not be returning for stripper sequel Magic Mike XXL, as director Gregory Jacobs claims the film will be very different from its predecessor.

With McConaughey’s slate positively groaning with offers, it always seemed unlikely that he’d be returning for round two, and Jacobs has now confirmed that that will be the case.

As to what we can expect to see from the new film, the director went on to stress that it will be something of a departure from the formula that served the original so well…

“What am I allowed to say?” he begins. “It’s a road trip movie and put it this way, it’s different enough that once you see it you’ll understand why we made a sequel.  No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice.”

With original director Steven Soderbergh on cinematography duties, and Channing Tatum ready to disrobe once more, Magic Mike XXL will open in the UK on 7 August 2015.








Dan Aykroyd talks possibility of extended Ghostbusters franchise

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:18:00 GMT

Dan Aykroyd has been discussing plans for the Ghostbusters franchise going forwards, and has suggested that there might be more mileage in the series than the long-awaited third instalment…

“It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show,” explains Aykroyd. “I’m thinking, what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?”

Warming to his theme, Aykroyd goes on to suggest that the ongoing focus must be, “not just another movie or another TV show, but what’s the totality of it? The whole mythology from the beginning of their lives, the end of their lives. Ghostbusters at nine years old, Ghostbusters in high school.”

And as to the immediate steps that need to be taken to bring all of this to fruition, Aykroyd is convinced that the Marvel model is the way to go…

“It’s up on blocks, it needs new electronics, new everything,” he says of the series. “That’s what we have to do. The whole vehicle of Ghostbusters has to be rebuilt.”

“That’s the ambitious thinking that’s going on now. Taking on the model of Marvel where we take all of the elements that are in this movie and we put them out there as different ideas.” Watch this space…








Paranormal Activity 5 gets a new title

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:59:00 GMT

Paranormal Activity 5 has received an official title, and has also been moved by Paramount into a brand new 2015 release date.

The latest instalment in the long-running horror series will be entitled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and will hit US screens on 13 March 2015.

The film had initially been pencilled in to land on 25 October in order to capitalise on the Halloween market, but has now been shunted back by some five months in the schedule.

No plot details have been confirmed as yet, although the film will mark the directorial debut of Gregory Plotkin, who was responsible for producing the last three instalments in the franchise.

The fifth film had initially been scheduled for October 2013, only to be bumped to January, and then replaced by spin-off The Marked Ones. Hopefully this latest release date will prove to be the real deal…








Jason Bateman talks character creation

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:02:00 GMT

Jason Bateman has been involved in the creation of some of the greatest comic characters ever (which definitely includes Arrested Development's Michael Bluth and possibly not Teen Wolf Too's Todd Howard).

So it's ultra-fascinating to hear him talk in-depth about his latest character, Judd Altman.

The below video also features contributions from Tina Fey, discussing what it is that makes this role so special for Jason.

Check it out below, then let us know what you think in the comments.  

This Is Where I Leave You is in cinemas October 24. 

 








Star Wars lead Oscar Isaac gets silly in Two Faces blooper reel

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:39:00 GMT

We love blooper reels - those rare opportunities to see how our favorite actors and actresses behave out of character.

And we've got our exclusive paws on a great one.

If you've seen Two Faces Of January, you'll know it's a pretty serious drama. But if you were to judge on the below four minutes - which features Viggo Mortensen grabbing groins and gurning - you'd assume it was a comedy.

Click the video below to see Star Wars star Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo having a right old laugh.

Then keep scrolling for another silly video, in which we ask Isaac a series of probing questions about Episode VII.  



Enjoyed that? Then you may well also get a giggle out of this...

The Two Faces of January is out on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD now.  








James D’Arcy will play Jarvis in Agent Carter

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:20:00 GMT

Marvel’s Agent Carter TV show has added another name to its cast list, with James D’Arcy signing on to play Jarvis.

Edwin Jarvis is the loyal butler of one Howard Stark, and is presumably the inspiration for J.A.R.V.I.S., the artificial intelligence system employed by Tony Stark in the Iron Man franchise.

Of course, J.A.R.V.I.S. is set to come to the fore in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, where he will make his transformation into The Vision, so it's nice to see his forerunner making an appearance in Agent Carter.

The new series will see Jarvis act as an ally to Hayley Atwell’s titular protagonist, who finds herself somewhat adrift after the disappearance of Steve Rogers.

Co-starring Chad Michael Murray and Dominic Cooper, the new series is set to premiere in the States in January, with a UK air date yet to be confirmed.








Jack Huston will star in Ben-Hur remake

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:04:00 GMT

MGM and Paramount’s remake of Ben-Hur has made a significant step forward with the impending appointment of Jack Huston to take the leading role.

According to Deadline, the Boardwalk Empire star will play Judah Ben-Hur himself, the champion chariot racer whose story runs parallel to that of Jesus Christ.

It had initially been thought that Tom Hiddleston was at the top of the studio’s wish-list, but regardless of whether that was true or not, Huston appears to be the man to have bagged the role.

Huston joins Morgan Freeman in the growing ensemble, with Freeman having recently been cast as the mentor who trains Ben-Hur in the art of chariot-racing.

Next up will be the casting of chief antagonist Messala, although no names have been linked to that role as yet. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, Ben-Hur will open in the UK on 19 February 2016.








Bond 24 finds replacement for Roger Deakins

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:46:00 GMT

Bond 24 looks to have found a replacement for cinematographer Roger Deakins, with Dutchman Hoyte van Hoytema set to sign on as director of photography.

It was something of a disappointment to hear that Deakins would not be returning to the fold after doing such a stellar job on Skyfall, although van Hoytema certainly comes with real pedigree.

Having made waves with his work on the original Let The Right One In, he recently worked on both Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy and Her, and was also hand-picked by Christopher Nolan to shoot Interstellar.

It has also been rumoured that after making the leap to digital on Skyfall, Bond 24 will be shot on film, a technique van Hoytema also employed on Interstellar.

Directed by Sam Mendes and starring the returning Daniel Craig, Bond 24 will open in the UK on 23 October 2015.








Alex Kurtzman talks Venom spin-off

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT

Alex Kurtzman has been discussing the forthcoming Venom spin-off, and while he stops short of giving too many details away, he does reveal that a lot of thought is going into the adaptation process.

As is the case with many comic-book characters, Venom has been presented in several different forms throughout the years, and choosing which of these iterations to adapt has been one of Kurtzman’s biggest challenges.

“I would not say [picking the incarnation of Venom is] an easy choice,” begins Kurtzman. “I would say that there are quite a few things about Venom that are interesting.”

“Venom had several different iterations, and there are several things that are very unique, interesting and specific. And so I think we all want to make sure that we’re making the right choices for a character that’s so beloved.”

“Before last Friday came out, we started kind of roughing out a story,” he continues. “Ed Solomon’s going to be writing it very soon. I can’t tell you too much, but I’m really excited about it.”

As is to be expected, he’s keeping his cards pretty close to his chest, but it’s good to know the appropriate amount of deliberation is being taken to make sure justice is done to the character. We’ll find out how successful he’s been when the film lands in 2017…








Tom Hiddleston will star in King Kong prequel

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:39:00 GMT

King Kong origin story Skull Island has secured an A-list name to head up its ensemble, with Tom Hiddleston set to take the lead in the forthcoming prequel.

The project has also officially announced the appointment of a director, with The Kings Of Summer helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts set to step behind the camera.

The new film will be scripted by Godzilla’s Max Borenstein and will be set almost entirely upon the titular island, on which Kong and a whole host of other extraordinary creatures will be found.

“Previous works have touched on the island,” reads the official release, “but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world.”

Let’s hope the creepy-crawlies of Peter Jackson’s vision make a return appearance… truly horrifying scenes. Skull Island will open in the UK on 4 November 2016.








Nick Cave sings Lionel Richie's All Night Long

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:08:00 GMT

We've been excited about 20,000 Days On Earth - the rock doc following icon of cool Nick Cave as he makes music, performs for his fans, and hangs out with Kyle Minogue - for ages now. 

Luckily, it's not long until you can see the film we called 'a properly artful portrait of an artist in total command of his myth' in cinemas - 20,000 Days On Earth is out Friday.

To keep you going until then, we've got our hands on a world exclusive clip, featuring Cave singing Lionel Richie's cheese classic All Night Long (sort of).

Watch that below, then keep scrolling for details of an exclusive event.



Book tickets to be a part of a special 20,000 Days on Earth screening. On 17th September a live event from The Barbican will be beamed into 150 cinemas across the UK followed by a unique live experience and Q&A with Nick Cave, directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and special guests. You can buy tickets by clicking here. 

 








Avengers: Age Of Ultron gets an official plot synopsis

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:18:00 GMT

Avengers: Age Of Ultron has released an official synopsis, unveiling in detail some of the finer plot points of the forthcoming sequel.

As well as establishing the general premise, the new synopsis confirms Paul Bettany’s transformation into the Vision, while also stressing the high-stakes nature of Ultron’s fiendish plan…

“When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program,” reads the blurb, “things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.”

“As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.”

“The team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.”

Plenty to get the adrenaline pumping, then… Directed by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age Of Ultron will open in the UK on 24 April 2015.








Sony remaking I Know What You Did Last Summer

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:03:00 GMT

Sony is set to plunder the ‘90s for its next horror remake, with the studio set to breathe new life into slasher caper I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Written by Scream scribe Kevin Williamson, the original was part of the late-‘90s boom in teen slasher movies, bringing in $125 million at the box office and spawning a suitably half-baked sequel.

The story focuses on a group of teens who find themselves stalked by the hook-wielding figure they hit with a car and left for dead during a drunken night out.

According to the report, Oculus director Mike Flanagan will write and produce the remake, although it is unclear whether he will also be occupying the director’s chair.

Sony is thought to be planning this one as a low-budget venture in the vein of Oculus (which only cost $12 million), with the aim being to have it ready for a 2016 release date.








Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass returning for Bourne 5

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:47:00 GMT

Well, well, well… huge news to bring you this morning, as Deadline is reporting that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are both set to return for a fifth Bourne film.

Both Damon and Greengrass have attempted to cool speculation concerning a reunion over the last few years, suggesting that the story has run its course, and that there is nowhere left to take the character.

Well, that all seems to have changed, with THR claiming that Greengrass is also in the frame to write the script, should a deal go through as expected.

Universal are also so keen to make this one happen that the film will take the release date reserved for the sequel to The Bourne Legacy, which will now move to the backburner for the next few years.

If everything goes to plan, Damon and Greengrass will be back in the fold soon enough for Bourne 5 to land on 15 July 2016. Keep those fingers crossed…








David Fincher explains why he cast Ben Affleck in Gone Girl

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT

David Fincher has been discussing why he chose to cast Ben Affleck in Gone Girl, and explains that the actor’s tabloid travails gave him the perfect experience for the role.

“I enjoyed working with him immensely,” says Fincher. “The baggage he comes with is most useful to this movie. I was interested in him primarily because I needed someone who understood the stakes of the kind of public scrutiny that Nick is subjected to and the absurdity of trying to resist public opinion.”

“Ben knows that, not conceptually, but by experience. When I first met with him, I said this is about a guy who gets his nuts in a vice in reel one and then the movie continues to tighten that vice for the next eight reels. And he was ready to play.”

“Actors don’t like to be made the brunt of the joke. They go into acting to avoid that. Unlike comics, who are used to going face first into the ground. Nick is someone who has skated by on charm and has that as a deflection mechanism. And that’s what crucifies him. And Ben got that.”

Affleck has certainly had to fend off more than his fair share of flak over the years, and in that light, he certainly seems like an excellent pick for the role. We’ll get to see all that experience brought to bear when the film opens in the UK on 2 October 2014.








Jennifer Lawrence stars in brand new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:26:00 GMT

A new trailer has arrived for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, in which Katniss openly goes head to head with President Snow and his repressive regime.

The new teaser reveals Peeta’s position as a prisoner of said regime, forced into appearing as the poster boy for the status quo, in direct opposition to Katniss.

There are also appearances from series newcomers Julianne Moore and Natalie Dormer, while the action also takes a significant turn for the epic.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

It remains to be seen how well the series finds its feet outside of the games-led framework of the first two films, but it's exciting to see the story taking a different turn, with all-out war on the horizon…

Directed by Francis Lawrence and co-starring Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 will open in the UK on 20 November 2014.








Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper star in first trailer for Serena: watch now

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:40:00 GMT

The first trailer has arrived online for long-awaited period drama, Serena, in which Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star as a pair of newlyweds building a timber empire in 1920s North Carolina.

The new film charts the couple’s whirlwind romance and marriage, before following them on their attempts to find their fortune through the booming timber industry.

However, things aren’t all that straightforward, as the government starts muscling in on their newly-acquired land, and Lawrence discovers that Cooper has been hiding an illegitimate son.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…



While appearing to reunite the two stars of The Silver Linings Playbook, Serena was actually shot some ten months prior to that film, and has been sitting on the shelf ever since.

Indeed, while the film is slated to open in the UK on 24 October 2014, a US date has still to be confirmed. However, with such significant star power in its armoury, we’d expect that to change in the not too distant future…








Luke Evans stars in first clip from Dracula Untold: watch now

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:20:00 GMT

The first clip from Dracula Untold has arrived online, in which Luke Evans attemps to convince Charles Dance that the world needs a monster…

Evans stars as Vlad the Impaler in the new film, which follows his transformation into the legendary creature of the night from whom it takes its name.

It’s a powerful piece of speech-making from our Vlad, but unfortunately for him, he appears to have underestimated just how much Dance knows about what truly makes a monster…

Take a look at the new clip, below…



Dance can do this kind of withering menace in his sleep, but nevertheless, he and Evans make for an engaging screen duo, even if the film is likely to place more of an emphasis on action than dialogue…

Directed by Gary Shore and co-starring Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Samantha Barks, Dracula Untold will open in the UK on 3 October 2014.








Scare yourself stiff with new Annabelle TV spot: watch now

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:15:00 GMT

 

A new TV spot has arrived online for horror prequel Annabelle, in which the creepy doll from The Conjuring gets her own origin story.

This latest spot focuses heavily on the doll herself, with an unnerving voiceover explaining how Annabelle seems to have a life of her own…

Needless to say, she’s utterly terrifying, and the sort of nightmarish toy you’d be hard pressed to justify ever introducing to your home… let alone your child!

Take a look at the new TV spot, below…



Looks like there will be jump-scares aplenty in this one, with Annabelle set to pop into shot like a hideous jack-in-the-box at regular intervals. Subtle it might not be, but it certainly seems effective here…

Directed by John R. Leonetti and co-starring Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodward and Ward Horton, Annabelle will open in the UK on 10 October 2014.








Keanu Reeves is out for revenge in the first trailer for John Wick: watch now

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT

The first trailer has landed for John Wick, in which Keanu Reeves sets out on a bloody mission of vengeance against the gangsters who took everything from him.

Wick is a former hitman you see, and when a posse of hoods steal from him and kill his dog, he finds himself in a less than forgiving mood.

Soon enough, John decides he’s been retired for too long, and sets about exacting bloody retribution on the ne’er-do-wells foolish enough to have crossed him.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…



Playing this kind of OTT revenge fantasy with a straight face rarely ends well, which is why it’s so pleasing that John Wick seems to be approaching proceedings with a healthy sense of its own absurdity. It certainly looks like big, dumb fun…

Directed by Chad Stahelski and co-starring Alfie Allen, Ian McShane and Willem Dafoe, John Wick will open in the US on 24 October 2014, with a UK date to be confirmed.








Will Ferrell confirms Mugatu will return for Zoolander 2

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:35:00 GMT

Will Ferrell has given an update on the long-awaited Zoolander 2, and confirms that super-villain Mugatu will be returning for round two.

“We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon,” revealed Ferrell, “and Mugatu is a part of it.”

For those unfamiliar with the first film, Mugatu is the extravagantly-coiffured fashion mogul turned global terrorist who bears more than a passing resemblance to Karl Lagerfeld…

Ferrell’s update is the latest in a series of encouraging reports surrounding the project, with Justin Theroux recently confirming that he and Ben Stiller have completed a first version of the script, and are setting about polishing it up.

Of course, we have yet to receive official confirmation that Paramount has given the sequel the green light, but a read-through of a completed script would certainly indicate that things are moving in that direction… fingers crossed.