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Updated 2017-05-24 23:26
Natalie Dormer Finds New Thriller In Darkness
She's co-written and will star in the tale of violence and vengeanceUsually to be found trying to finagle her way into power on Game Of Thrones, Natalie Dormer is working on something different for her next film, In Darkness.She’s co-written the script alongside Thrones veteran Ed Skrein, Stacy Martin and Anthony Byrne, who will start calling the shots early next year. Dormer is set to star as a blind musician who hears what she believes is a violent murder in the flat above her. When she investigates, she’s drawn into London’s seedy underbelly, and encounters violence and danger.But is there more to her than first might appear? According to Variety’s report, she’ll have her own agenda. While they’re not mentioned in the cast, we’d expect Skrein and Martin to also have roles in the film, which will start looking for distribution deals at the American Film Market next week.Dormer has The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 out on November 19, and has worked on horrors The Forest and Patient Zero, the latter of which co-stars Matt Smith and arrives here on September 2 next year. Skrein will be Ajax in Deadpool, landing February 4, while Martin is in Ben Wheatley’s High Rise, currently without a solid UK release date.
Allison Janney Joins The Girl On The Train
Playing a police detectiveEmily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Jared Leto and Justin Theroux are already all aboard, but The Girl On The Train is still accepting more passengers. Allison Janney is the latest to join the ensemble cast for Tate Taylor's adaptation of Paula Hawkins' bestseller.Erin Cressida Wilson wrote the screenplay from the much buzzed-about book, which drew comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl for its narrative. We’ll caution that even the basic synopsis might be considered a spoiler, but read on if you wish… The story follows a recently divorced woman called Rachel (Blunt) struggling with her life and sinking into alcoholism to try to cope. She spies a seemingly perfect couple from her London train ride every day and starts to fantasise about their lives. But things take a turn when she sees something shocking…Janney will play a police detective, continuing a working relationship with Taylor that's already taken in the likes of The Help, Get On Up and Pretty Ugly People. The director should be cranking his cameras soon for DreamWorks, aiming for an October 7, 2016 release in the States.
Kristen Stewart And Chloe Sevigny Circling Lizzie Borden Biopic
It's a trick - get an axe!Played just this year and last in a pair of campy Christina Ricci movies for the Lifetime Channel, famous axe murderer Lizzie Borden is also heading to the cinema screen in yet another project. Belgian director Pieter Van Hees (Waste Land) will direct an as-yet-untitled psychological thriller based on Borden's sordid story, with Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart both in line to star."Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks," goes the rhyme. "When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41."Borden was actually acquitted of the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts, but she remains the prime suspect for Bordenologists who continue to study the case. Other potential perps that have been suggested include the Bordens' live-in maid Bridget Sullivan, Lizzie's sister Emma, her illegitimate half-brother William, and her uncle John Morse.In the new film, Sevigny will take the role of Lizzie, while Stewart is in talks to play Bridget (Lizzie's lesbian lover according to some versions of the legend). Newcomer Bryce Kass is writing the screenplay, with Naomi Despres (Zero Effect, Kill The Messenger) producing. The project will be looking for deals at the American Film Market, which kicks off next week.
Kristen Stewart And Chole Sevigny Circling LIzzie Borden Biopic
It's a trick - get an axe!Played just this year and last in a pair of campy Christina Ricci movies for the Lifetime Channel, famous axe murderer Lizzie Borden is also heading to the cinema screen in yet another project. Belgian director Pieter Van Hees (Waste Land) will direct an as-yet-untitled psychological thriller based on Borden's sordid story, with Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart both in line to star."Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks," goes the rhyme. "When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41."Borden was actually acquitted of the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts, but she remains the prime suspect for Bordenologists who continue to study the case. Other potential perps that have been suggested include the Bordens' live-in maid Bridget Sullivan, Lizzie's sister Emma, her illegitimate half-brother William, and her uncle John Morse.In the new film, Sevigny will take the role of Lizzie, while Stewart is in talks to play Bridget (Lizzie's lesbian lover according to some versions of the legend). Newcomer Bryce Kass is writing the screenplay, with Naomi Despres (Zero Effect, Kill The Messenger) producing. The project will be looking for deals at the American Film Market, which kicks off next week.
Empire Issue Preview: The Revenant, The Hunger Games and Oscars 2016
The new issue hits newsstandsThis month's new issue sees Empire braving the spaces between Arkham Asylum's walls to get up close and personal with the supervillains from David Ayer's hotly-anticipated Suicide Squad. From Jared Leto's Joker to Will Smith's Deadshot, our on-set world exclusive reveals all you need to know about DC's crack skwad. You just have to make the gruelling decision whether to choose the Deadshot, Joker, Harley Quinn or Enchantress cover...But there is far more to feast on than just the grime of Gotham. Having won the Best Director Oscar earlier this year for Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu looks primed to head into the 2016 bidding battlefield with Di Caprio-starring survival tale The Revenant. Joining him in our Oscar interview madness are Bryan Cranston, Eddie Redmayne, Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan to name a mere few. Oh, and a young up-and-coming actor called Johnny Depp. Anyone?As well as the latest news and reviews, there's a first look at the Coens' Hail, Caesar!, Duncan Jones gives us the lowdown on Warcraft, and we extend a three-finger salute to Jennifer Lawrence and co. as the seemingly unstoppable franchise force that is The Hunger Games comes to a close.Pick up the new issue of Empire from all good newsagents and high-surveillance facilities today.
New Look At Suicide Squad's Killer Croc
And Amanda Waller takes a sinister bowWorld meet the Suicide Squad, Suicide Squad meet... okay, never mind. Empire’s December issue debuts some of the most twisted, antisocial bunch of psychopaths we've ever run into - to paraphrase Ralph Meeker in The Dirty Dozen - and the squad’s ensemble of gnarly crims have now been unleashed over a series of spectacular new covers. Here are some exclusive stills from the film to fill in some gaps, including, to kick off, a closer look at the villain of a piece that’s hardly short of villainous types to chose from.
Oldboy's Pom Klementieff Cast In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
She's been hired for a mystery roleWriter/director James Gunn is in Atlanta preparing to start shooting the next Guardians Of The Galaxy. While we might expect to learn a lot of casting information from him via Facebook, the first piece has actually broken before he had the chance, with news that Pom Klementieff has been cast in a mystery role in Vol. 2.In true Marvel fashion, nothing has been released about the part, other than it called for an Asian actress and required a wide search and several auditions. Klementieff, usually found in French films, but who made her English-language debut messing with Josh Brolin’s mind in Spike Lee’s version of Oldboy, is now joining the Thanos man in the Guardians universe.Gunn is working further on the script and setting up to shoot the Guardians sequel in February, with main cast Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and voice performers Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper all ready to return to duty. We can expect Michael Rooker’s Yondu to be making a nuisance of himself too, as he’ll be tied into the plot about learning who Peter Quill’s father is and it wouldn’t be a James Gunn film without him.Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will hit our screens on April 28, 2017.
New Trailer For The Night Before
Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt get christ-mashedIt’s nearly November, so you’re in a Christmas mood, right? Even if not, you might be prepared to see the new – ish, there’s not a load of fresh footage – promo for Seth Rogen’s new seasonal comedy. But regardless, the latest trailer for The Night Before is online.This one hails from the 50/50 team that also includes director Jonathan Levine and co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and this new comedy adds Anthony Mackie for the story of three dudes who have a long-standing Christmas Eve tradition. The trio have headed out for the past 14 years on the night before Christmas for some drinking, dining and general debauchery.But now they’re realising that things have changed – Mackie’s Chris has become famous and is recognised wherever they go, while Rogen’s Isaac is about to have a baby with wife Jillian Bell. So they decide to have one last night to remember, filled with drugs (supplied by Isaac’s other half) and access to New York’s hottest party. As you might expect, things go a little crazy...Levine is working from a script he wrote alongside Ariel Shaffir, Kyle Hunter and Rogen’s writing/ producing partner Evan Goldberg. With Heléne Yorke, Lizzy Caplan and Aaron Hill in the cast, The Night Before hits US cinemas on November 20 and is scheduled to arrive here on December 4.
Peter Sarsgaard To Play Robert Kennedy In Jackie
Starring opposite Natalie PortmanWe learned back in May of this year that Natalie Portman would be playing Jackie Kennedy in Jackie. Now we also know that Peter Sarsgaard is joining the film as Robert Kennedy.Jackie chronicles the four days in Kennedy’s life after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. She’s dealing with losing the love of her life while a nation rallies around her in a time of tragedy.Darren Aronofsky had been developing the project to star then-partner Rachel Weisz back in 2010, but it fell into limbo when they split. Portman was mooted as the new Jackie in 2012, but it has taken a few years to come together. Aronofsky remains on board as producer, with No director Pablo Larraín now calling the shots. While the cast is still not quite together and a domestic distributor remains to be found, Larrain should be starting to shoot the film in the next couple of months.Sarsgaard will next be seen opposite Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton in Black Mass, which is out here on November 27. He’ll follow that with chess drama Pawn Sacrifice on December 4 and is the main villain for The Magnificent Seven, landing September 23 next year.
Ash Vs. Evil Dead Scores A Second Season
Before the first episode even arrivesAs Ash himself might say, “Groovy.” Mere days before it's set to premiere in the United States and a few other countries, Evil Dead TV series Ash Vs. Evil Dead has been renewed for a second season by American cable channel Starz.It’s a big vote of confidence for the show, which has been getting plenty of buzz, not least for the fact that it brings full-power, old-school Evil Dead back to our screens. And it’ll be welcome news for Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Rob Tapert and the team who told Empire at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that they had big plans for several seasons stewing in their brains. This also means Raimi could be getting a phone call from one of his family members thanks to fan demand that regular comedy stooge (and brother) Ted should show up… “I heard the call loud and clear last night in the hall at the panel,” Raimi said back in July. “We actually looked for a place to put him, we couldn't find the right position that wasn't just a walk-on. If we get another season for the show, we'll definitely come up with a role that's worthy of Ted and the fans' expectations for him.” Start thinking, Sam!The series finds Campbell’s titular, chin-tastic hero suspected as the source of a new Deadite invasion. It’s just another weight of this fantastical world loaded onto our man, who has spent 30 years avoiding both the horror of the Evil Dead and any sort of real responsibility. But he’s spurred into action by a fresh plague of Deadite swarms, which threaten all mankind, and finds both friends and foes among the human population. As Campbell explained to us at the convention, this was the team’s big chance to make things right with the faithful, and hopefully introduce a new generation to the world’s laziest action hero. “We made the remake a couple of years ago, trying to satiate fans, it didn't quite do it. They were, like, 'thanks, but where's Sam, where's Bruce?' They're not idiots, they like what they like. Now I want to tell the fans, ‘okay? Now shut the hell up!’"Ash Vs. Evil Dead premieres in the US on Saturday night. No UK broadcaster has yet picked up the show, but this news should help with that.
Michelle Rodriguez Starring In Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale
Sigourney Weaver will be a knife-happy surgeonWalter Hill is tackling gender reassignment themes in his next film, albeit in the guise of an action thriller. Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver are on board to star in Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale.Hill has written the script based on a story by Denis Hamill, which sees a top assassin double-crossed by gangsters and handed over to a rogue surgeon (Weaver) who turns him into a woman. Now a hit woman, she heads out for some vengeance, aided by a nursed named Johnnie who also has secrets.It’ll be an interesting role for Rodriguez to tackle and a welcome leading performance give how often she’s been in ensembles recently. She’s taking over the job from Freida Pinto, who was attached a couple of months ago before the film made its initial rounds at the Toronto Film Festival’s market. Hill will start rolling the cameras next month in Vancouver.Rodriguez, most recently back as Letty for Fast & Furious 7, is filming family drama Milton’s Secret. Weaver was part of the cast for Chappie and will be seen in A Monster Calls and Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, in which she has a cameo. The latter will be in UK cinemas on July 15.
Exclusive: First Look At Will Smiths Suicide Squad Cover
Deadshot comes aliveDeadshot is the new American Sniper. Kinda. Will Smith’s troubled assassin is a marksman whose deadly aim is put into the service of Suicide Squad in David Ayer’s new comic-book movie, but a jutting-jawed patriot this guy emphatically isn’t. Here, on Empire’s fourth and final newsstand cover, is the man himself in full combat regalia and boasting enough ammo to fill even John Woo’s bullet drawer.
Exclusive: Cara Delevingne Talks Suicide Squad
Empire's new Enchantress cover revealedOf all the characters in Suicide Squad, the one most shrouded in mystery is Enchantress. We know she's played by Cara Delevingne. We know she's immensely powerful. But we've not had a proper look at her in all her unearthly glory — until now. One of the covers for the new issue of Empire features the grungy but alluring entity known in some vintage comic-book issues as "The Switcheroo Witcheroo". And inside is an exclusive interview with Delevingne, who spoke to us on-set while clad in her elaborate costume.
Rihanna Joins Luc Besson's Valerian
She's joining Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne and more in the sci-fi picOnce a stalwart of soundtracks Rihanna has been making inroads into acting in the last few years with movies such as Battleship and DreamWorks Animation’s Home. She’s now landed her biggest role yet, joining the cast of Luc Besson’s ambitious new sci-fi tale, Valerian.
Exclusive: Margot Robbies Harley Quinn Makes Her Bow
Here comes Suicide Squad’s mischief-makerIf you thought the Watchmen were messed up, get a load of Suicide Squad. Leading off Empire's rogues gallery of new covers was Jared Leto’s wild card, not a member of the squad but still the beating heartlessness at the core of David Ayer’s comic-book adaptation, and Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress. Now comes Margot Robbie's post-transformation Harley Quinn, the third newsstand star to adorn the new Suicide Squad issue.
Rooney Mara And Nicholas Hoult Fall For The Discovery
They're starring in the sci-fi romanceIf you were the person who discovered that the afterlife is, after all, real, and could be scientifically proven, what would you do? Find religion? Become depressed? Or use the knowledge to convince someone to fall in love with you? Because that’s what Nicholas Hoult might be doing with Rooney Mara in the new sci-fi drama The Discovery.Admittedly, that’s probably not his big plan, but he is a scientist who finds out that heaven – or some version of it – might be really real, and he will meet and fall for Mara, a woman whose past is tinged with tragedy. Bet his big discovery ties into that somehow. And sorry Kristen Stewart – if you thought you had the monopoly on sci-fi love stories co-starring Nicholas Hoult after Equals, you need to think again.Charlie McDowell is directing this one, working with his The One I Love co-writer Justin Lader to once more produce the script. He’ll have the cameras rolling this January in Rhode Island.Hoult has worked on Equals, which we mentioned above, and will be seen in Kill Your Friends hitting next week. He’s also back with his mutant colleagues in X-Men: Apocalypse, out on May 19 next year. Mara is on screens now in Pan and stars with Cate Blanchett in the acclaimed Carol, which is out on November 27.
Exclusive New Look At Leonardo DiCaprio In The Revenant
The musketball diariesIf Hollywood scuttlebutt is to believed, The Revenant’s wintry shoot was an anguished time littered with the souls of the damned, where the crew members looked like Jack Torrance at the end of The Shining and even the on-set snowmen were chain-smoking. “Hellish” is a word that’s often associated with those snowbound months. But as Apocalypse Now and Fitzcarraldo prove, from even the most arduous and remote shoots can come majestic movies. Judging by all we’ve seen so far – including this beautiful, widescreen new still from the film - Alejandro González Iñárritu’s survival epic has every chance of joining them in the canon of greats.
M. Night Shyamalan To Tackle Split With James McAvoy
Release date pegged for January 2017Recently enjoying his best reviews for years with his low-budget horror The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan is sticking with producer Jason Blum for his next movie. Until recently going by the unwieldy moniker Untitled Blumhouse Production, the project now has a title. It's called Split.As previously reported as an aside in a story about The Keeping Hours, Split will star James McAvoy. We now learn that the once and future Professor X will be joined by Anya Taylor Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson. Nothing's yet being revealed about the plot, although we're told it's " a suspense thriller with elements of the supernatural".Behind the scenes, Shyamalan will be reteaming with several The Visit alumni, including Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider. All will be hoping to repeat The Visit's box office success: $90m worldwide from a budget of just $5m.And with the title comes a release date. Split will arrive - in the US at least - on January 20, 2017.
M. Night Shyamalan's To Tackle Split With James McAvoy
Release date pegged for January 2017Recently enjoying his best reviews for years with his low-budget horror The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan is sticking with producer Jason Blum for his next movie. Until recently going by the unwieldy moniker Untitled Blumhouse Production, the project now has a title. It's called Split.As previously reported as an aside in a story about The Keeping Hours, Split will star James McAvoy. We now learn that the once and future Professor X will be joined by Anya Taylor Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson. Nothing's yet being revealed about the plot, although we're told it's " a suspense thriller with elements of the supernatural".Behind the scenes, Shyamalan will be reteaming with several The Visit alumni, including Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider. All will be hoping to repeat The Visit's box office success: $90m worldwide from a budget of just $5m.And with the title comes a release date. Split will arrive - in the US at least - on January 20, 2017.
First Trailer For Don Verdean Unearthed
Sam Rockwell and Danny McBride on a mission for GodWith his Masterminds currently in release limbo due to the bankruptcy at Relativity, the next film we'll see from Napoleaon Dynamite director Jared Hess will be Don Verdean. Sam Rockwell, Danny McBride, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement and Will Forte star, and the first trailer has just arrived.As you'll have gathered from that, the film sees Rockwell's Biblical archaeologist Don and his sidekick Boaz (Clement) hired by McBride to find the skull of Goliath in Israel. But when Don comes up short, his failure fuels a farcical conspiracy. Sometimes "untruths are necessary for the greater good".Don Verdean premiered at Sundance at the start of this year, and gets a lmited US theatrical release and an online rollout courtesy of Lionsgate on December 11. There's no UK release date so far.
Alice Lowe Prepares For Prevenge
Directing and starring in 'post-feminist killing spree'Most recently seen in the Inside No. 9 episode Seance Time, Alice Lowe will next be making her feature-length debut as a director. She's also written and will star in Prevenge, a "post-feminist revenge movie" set to shoot imminently in Cardiff and London.Not much has yet been revealed about the story, other than that it revolves around a pregnant woman on a killing spree, "targeting individuals from different walks of life". Her motivation only becomes clear as the movie progresses.Herself currently seven-and-a-half months pregnant, Lowe says the film was inspired by “my real experience. People automatically assume you’re a lovely person because you’re pregnant... I wanted to write something which defied that image of the pregnant woman as this safe, sweet, kind person… I felt like motherhood is a crazy, interesting experience and it’s rarely seen on screen. Pregnancy could be a very alien, existential experience and we don’t show it on screen in those terms. I wanted to defy people’s expectations of what that character was and could be, and get some humour out of it.”Perhaps taking a leaf out of her Sightseers director Ben Wheatley's directing playbook, Lowe says that while the screenplay is pretty straightforward, there'll be plenty of improvisation on set to shake things up. "It’s going to be quite bloody and it’s probably slightly more serious than Sightseers," she explains. "It operates in more of a real realm and the humour comes from the reality of the situation.”Kate Dickie and Lowe's Sightseers co-star Eileen Davies, are among the rest of the cast confirmed so far. Ryan Owen Eddleston (American Interior) is the cinematographer, and Jennifer Handorf (Borderlands), Vaughan Sivell (Third Star) and Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets, which Lowe was in) are the producers.Shooting on Prevenge starts tomorrow in Wales, before moving to London for a few days in early November.
M. Night Shyamalan's Next Film Will Be Split
Release date pegged for January 2017Recently enjoying his best reviews for years with his low-budget horror The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan is sticking with producer Jason Blum for his next movie. Until recently going by the unwieldy moniker Untitled Blumhouse Production, the project now has a title. It's called Split.As previously reported as an aside in a story about The Keeping Hours, Split will star James McAvoy. We now learn that the once and future Professor X will be joined by Anya Taylor Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson. Nothing's yet being revealed about the plot, although we're told it's " a suspense thriller with elements of the supernatural".Behind the scenes, Shyamalan will be reteaming with several The Visit alumni, including Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider. All will be hoping to repeat The Visit's box office success: $90m worldwide from a budget of just $5m.And with the title comes a release date. Split will arrive - in the US at least - on January 20, 2017.
The Headhunter's Calling Adds Alison Brie And Gretchen Mol
They're on for the Gerard Butler dramaHeaded to the American Film Market to nail down a few more sales, Gerard Butler-starring drama The Headhunter’s Calling is also adding to its cast. Alison Brie and Gretchen Mol will be part of the ensemble.Butler has the lead as a ruthless, hard-charging corporate headhunter called Dane Jensen, who has been surging at the company he works for and is primed to snatch the top job. But then his 10-year-old son falls gravely ill and Jensen’s priorities take a major shift. Willem Dafoe is playing Butler’s boss, the CEO who is planning to retire and hand the reigns to his driven employee. And Alfred Molina will be a family-focused engineer who is struggling through unemployment. Mol has signed on to play Butler’s wife and Brie will be a career rival.Producer Mark Williams is making his directorial debut with the film, written by The Judge’s Bill Dubuque. Brie, most recently seen in Get Hard, has Sleeping With Other People due in the UK on January 1. She’ll also be part of the cast for Joshy and How To Be Single. Mol has most recently shot Kenneth Lonergan’s latest, Manchester-By-The-Sea.
Rooney Mara And Nicholas Hoult Fall For Discovery
They're starring in the sci-fi romanceIf you were the person who discovered that the afterlife is, after all, real, and could be scientifically proven, what would you do? Find religion? Become depressed? Or use the knowledge to convince someone to fall in love with you? Because that’s what Nicholas Hoult might be doing with Rooney Mara in the new sci-fi drama Discovery.Admittedly, that’s probably not his big plan, but he is a scientist who finds out that heaven – or some version of it – might be really real, and he will meet and fall for Mara, a woman whose past is tinged with tragedy. Bet his big discovery ties into that somehow. And sorry Kristen Stewart – if you thought you had the monopoly on sci-fi love stories co-starring Nicholas Hoult after Equals, you need to think again.Charlie McDowell is directing this one, working with his The One I Love co-writer Justin Lader to once more produce the script. He’ll have the cameras rolling this January in Rhode Island.Hoult has worked on Equals, which we mentioned above, and will be seen in Kill Your Friends hitting next week. He’s also back with his mutant colleagues in X-Men: Apocalypse, out on May 19 next year. Mara is on screens now in Pan and stars with Cate Blanchett in the acclaimed Carol, which is out on November 27.
Justin Theroux In Talks For The Girl On The Train
He may board the thrillerSteel yourself, Chris Evans fans! He won’t be part of Tate Taylor’s new thriller The Girl On The Train. In related info-dumping: good news, Justin Theroux fans! It’s looking like he will be in the film instead.Erin Cressida Wilson adapted the script from Paula Hawkins’ much buzzed-about book, which drew comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl for its narrative. We’ll caution that even the basic synopsis might be considered a spoiler, but read on if you wish… The story follows a recently divorced woman called Rachel (Emily Blunt) struggling with her life and sinking into alcoholism to try to cope. She spies a seemingly perfect couple from her London train ride every day and starts to fantasise about their lives. But things take a turn when she sees something shocking…We won’t say which role Theroux is looking to score, as it in itself is a key component of the plot. But if he does join the cast, he’ll be joining the likes of Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Bennett, Edgar Ramirez and, according to the The Wrap’s report, Jared Leto, who had been considering a role at the same time as Evans, but appears to have actually boarded the movie. And talking of Leto...Taylor should be cranking the cameras soon for DreamWorks, aiming for an October 7, 2016 release in the States. Theroux was pat of the team writing Zoolander 2, which will take its turn on the catwalk on February 12. He has various other movies at different stages, but is currently focused on starring in HBO drama The Leftovers, which recently kicked off its second season.
Ryan Reynolds Finds Truth In Advertising For A New Dramedy
Roger Michell is in the director's chairHe’ll be shooting his mouth (and several guns) off as Deadpool next year, but Ryan Reynolds also wants to explore the world of print advertising. No, he’s not angling to star in a Mad Men movie – he’s in final talks to lead new comedy drama Truth In Advertising.Roger Michell, who last brought us Le Week-End, is attached to direct the film, which novelist John Kenney adapted from his own award-winning book. Reynolds will be Fin Dolan, a hard working sort at an advertising company. His boss asks him to cancel his Christmas holidays to work on a new campaign, but when his best friend announces her engagement and his estranged father is admitted to hospital at the same time, he starts to question the direction is life is taking. Is he simply drifting through it while others are moving on?“John Kenney has adapted his genius novel beautifully and crafted a smart, funny modern tale which analyzes society’s obsession with consumerism,” producers Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel tell Deadline. “His script is in safe hands with Roger Michell who previously explored our media-crazed culture in Notting Hill. The charismatic Ryan Reynolds is perfect for the role of the everyday advertising executive trying to find his way in a confusing world.”Reynolds is in cinemas now in Mississippi Grind and, as mentioned, has Deadpool hitting on February 4. Michell is developing psychodrama My Cousin Rachel, which may star Rachel Weisz.
Paul King Returning To Direct Paddington 2
Simon Farnaby will work with him on the storyWorries about the look of the main character turned to smiles and a healthy run at the box office for one of last year’s most pleasant surprises. So it makes sense that, when starting to think about a second Paddington, the producers might want co-writer/director Paul King to return, and Deadline brings word that he is now aboard.King, who helped develop the story of the original with writer Hamish McColl, is going to be even more closely involved from the start for this one, working alongside regular collaborator Simon Farnaby to create the sequel’s narrative. We'd expect Farnaby, who showed up to memorable effect in Paddington, to also play some role this time.Little else is known about the film: we don’t know what our furry hero will be up to this time, but it’s a fair bet that his human family, including Hugh Bonneville’s Mr. Brown, Sally Hawkins’ Mrs. Brown, Madeleine Harris’ Judy and Samuel Joslin’s Jonathan will be back in some capacity alongside Julie Walters’ Mrs. Bird. Could Paddington go off exploring? Or perhaps they’ll opt for something even more dramatic: Die Hard with marmalade sandwiches? All right, probably not the last one; though we would watch it.Producer David Heyman and company backers StudioCanal are content to let King work on the new film at his own pace – after all, he’s earned their trust with the charm and success of the original.
Noomi Rapace May Join Michael Mann's Ferrari Film
Christian Bale is playing Enzo FerrariThe engine is well and truly rumbling for Michael Mann’s Enzo Ferrari passion project. He has Christian Bale locked in to star, Paramount agreeing to distribute the film and now a likely female lead, as Noomi Rapace is in talks to join the cast.Mann has been working to help get this made for nearly 15 years, and at one point was setting it up for the late Sydney Pollack. Now, he’s firmly in the director’s chair for the story of the man who redefined the high-powered Italian sports car and was partly responsible for kick-starting Formula 1 racing. Mann has taken two existing scripts, one by The Italian Job’s Troy Kennedy Martin and another from Out Of Africa’s David Rayfield and bolted them together. Everything is based on Brock Yates’ 1991 book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Races.Bale will be Ferrari, the charismatic, driven (pun entirely intended) Italian car mogul who began his career working for Alfa Romeo as a racer, left to launch his own company in 1947, building the Ferrari name into a force to be reckoned with in the 1950s and 60s and eventually letting Fiat take control of the car business. If Rapace does sign on to co-star, she’ll be Laura Dominica, his long-suffering wife, who watched him become a tyrant in the boardroom and an abject cheat in his marriage.With key elements either in place or getting there, Mann will be hoping he can finally start shooting soon. Rapace, meanwhile, will be seen in action thriller Unlocked and sci-fi pics Rupture and What Happened To Monday?, the latter of which is shooting now. She’s also probably going to return as Elizabeth Shaw for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel Alien: Paradise Lost.
Elizabeth Banks Officially Directing Pitch Perfect 3
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson & more confirmed to returnAfter the huge, $259 million plus box office haul of Pitch Perfect 2, another entry was aca-inevitable. Less certain was director/producer/actor Elizabeth Banks coming back for another crack behind and in front of the camera, given that she was being offered other high profile jobs. But she’s sticking with the franchise she helped create, signing on to call the shots and songs for the third.And she’ll have plenty of familiar faces around her, as Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow are all confirmed to return, alongside writer Kay Cannon, who is already at work on the third script. As for what will happen in the film? No one is saying yet, though they’ll have to find some way to have Kendrick’s Beca and Wilson’s Fat Amy come back since they – spoiler warning – graduated at the end of the latest movie. Still, we’re sure there’s an easy enough way to have the characters able to interact with whoever else is hired, and there’s always a chance we’ll have more from Hailee Steinfeld’s Emily.Banks is in demand as a director right now, and is attached to potentially make YA adaptation Red Queen for Universal and Sony’s latest attempt to bring Charlie’s Angels back to the big screen. Both of those still have some developing to do, though, and the Pitch Perfect universe is ready to go. Not forgetting that Universal wants it in cinemas on August 4, 2017…
Exclusive: Jared Leto Talks Suicide Squads The Joker
Empire's new Suicide Squad Joker covers breakGlimpsed on Instagram, teaser in the trailer and much discussed online, Suicide Squad's Joker has remained tantalising unknowable - up to now. The new issue of Empire pokes through the bars of Arkham Asylum and lays bare the nuts and bolts of Jared Leto’s wild-eyed reimagining of DC’s supervillain. Nuts, of course, being the operative word for this character.
First Trailer For Adam Sander's Ridiculous Six
The West's most unwantedHotel Transylvania 2’s animated antics aside, Adam Sandler could use a win at the moment, what with Pixels underperforming and the catastrophic failure of The Cobbler to keep his more serious indie acting cred afloat. The first release from his multi-film Netflix deal, Western farce The Ridiculous 6 is part of his attempt to see if an original serving of his broad comedy stylings will work for the streaming service’s audience, and the first trailer is now online.Sandler stars as an outlaw named Tommy, AKA White Knife, an orphan raised by Native Americans who discovers that he has five half-brothers (including the likes of Luke Wilson, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider and Taylor Lautner) and decides that they’ll go on a mission to find their wayward, deadbeat dad. Oh, and they’ll keep committing robberies along the way. Naturally, this leads to the authorities (embodied in part by Will Forte) trying to track them down.We’re in standard Sandler territory here – the gags are big and slapsticky, the goofiness of everything (particularly Lautner) is played to the edge and there will most probably be some attempt to shoehorn emotion in there somewhere. The big question will be whether Sandler, who has proved a reliable audience favourite in the past, will be able to succeed where Seth MacFarlane stumbled with A Million Ways To Die In The West. And will the reported controversy about offended Native American performers walking off the set over what they saw as racist references trouble anyone enough to skip the film?Sandler's certainly rounded up a good, sprawling cast, with Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Chris Parnell, Jorge Garcia, John Turturro, Harvey Keitel, Steve Zahn and many more saddling up. The madness lands on December 11 on Netflix.
Empire's Guide To Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse
Part two of our all-singing, all-shuffling set reportOur cinema screens have played host to a number of unlikely battles down the years. There’s been monsters versus aliens, aliens versus predators, cockneys versus zombies and Kramer versus Kramer. Now it’s the time of cub scouts to take on the shuffling undead in Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse. Too intrigued to let this one pass by uninvestigated, Empire headed down to the movie’s Hollywood set to sniff around the corpses and see what was what. The answer is here in the second part of our exclusive on-location report.Says director Christopher Landon of his Goonies-inspired comedy-horror: “It’s three best friends, who are also boy scouts, who have to save their town from the zombie apocalypse on the eve of their final campout.” With Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead also name-checked as a touchpoint, expect some inventive offings. As scouts, though, the method of undead slaying may be less chainsaws and axes than polite tea-making and campfire-building. Or maybe not...Cue Britney Spears's 'Baby One More Time', an unlikely but potent weapon in this battle to subdued the shuffling upsurge. Take a look at this new clip from the film to see for yourself.Our scout heroes are Ben (X-Men: Apocalypse’s Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller) and Augie (Joey Morgan), with Sarah Dumont’s Denise lending moral and probably quite violent support. Landon’s track record for scares is borne out across three Paranormal Activity screenplays, although the tone here is clearly a lot more fast and loose with this one, with just a hint of Zombieland’s anarchic playfulness in evidence.Head here for the first on-set instalment that includes a chat with the cast and a glimpse at an undead David Koechner. Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse hits UK cinemas on November 6.
The Latest X-Files Teaser Arrives
It has a monster in it...You know there’s really only one team, who, when informed their latest case has monsters in it, would be quick to start investigating. Well, two if you count the Scooby Gang*. But The X-Files is about Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, and the new teaser for the revival of the series has them back in action.The miniseries picks up with David Duchovny's Mulder and Gillian Anderson's Scully in very different places in their lives, but still committed to finding the truth behind the big conspiracies that have plagued them. But there’s also time to investigate other mysteries, too... And yes, there are definitely going to be appearances by old favourites such as William B. Davis' Cigarette Smoking Man, despite his seeming death by giant bloomin’ missile in the series finale back in 2002. And the likes of Mitch Pileggi, Annabeth Gish, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Bruce Harwood and Nicholas Lea are all back in some fashion.We’re promised a higher ratio of standalone episodes to mythology arc, which is good news, since there are only six that will make up this limited new run once again crafted by creator Chris Carter and some of the writers who made up the original behind-the-scenes team. Joel McHale, Lauren Ambrose, Robbie Amell and Rhys Darby are among the new co-stars, Chris Carter is at the controls as always, and The X-Files is back, at least on US screens, on January 24 next year.*Three, including the other Scooby Gang.
Common Is John Wick 2's Big Threat
And Ian McShane will returnKeanu Reeves cut a swathe through bad guys in John Wick, so it makes sense he’ll need some even tougher opposition in the sequel. He’s set to get just that, as Common will be playing one of the main threats.Chad Stahelski, who called the shots (and wrangled the punches) for the original alongside David Leitch, is directing this one on his own, with cameras starting to roll and fists starting to fly this week.The first film, of course, had Reeves’ hitman thinking he was out of the violence game after his wife died, only to strike against mobsters when they covet his car, invade his home and slaughter the puppy she had bought him as a way to help him with his grief. What will spark the next round of action madness has yet to be revealed, but we do know that Common will be one of the main antagonists, playing the security chief of a female crime boss. Plus, Stahelski is convinced they have a fertile seed in Reeves’ character. “We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original,” he said when the sequel was announced. “It’s the matter of story and how much you like the character. That’s always the most important.” Derek Kolstad has once again provided the script. In related Wick news, Ian McShane will be back as Winston, proprietor of the Continental Hotel, a gathering place for killers and criminals of all stripes.Common, who was a gun-toting menace in Run All Night, has worked on RZA’s new musical drama Coco and Barbershop 3. He’s also playing Tattooed Man in Suicide Squad, which lands here on August 5 next year. For more on that one, keep your browser pointed to this very site…
Logan Marshall-Green Heads For War Drama Sand Castle
Joining Nicholas Hoult and Henry CavillThere’s another casting change afoot for war drama Sand Castle, and we’re afraid it means bad news for Luke Evans fans. With Nicholas Hoult long attached and Henry Cavill joining more recently, the casting ranks have swelled by one, as Prometheus’ Logan Marshall-Green is now aboard, replacing Evans.Sand Castle is scripted by Chris Roessner, who spent two years serving in Iraq and went on more than 200 missions during his stint as a machine gunner in the war-torn country’s Sunni Triangle. The story will focus on Matt Ocre (Hoult), and platoon leader Sergeant Baker (Marshall-Green), as they and their troops attempt to protect a farming village called Baqubah in the crosshairs of some very dangerous enemies. At the same time, Baker has to keep his troops sane in the face of mounting casualties. As for Cavill, he’ll be the special forces captain running the operation.Fernando Coimbra, who has directed episodes of Netflix’s Narcos and several films, is behind the camera for the film. The production is kicking off later next month. The Baker role has been a tough one to nail down – Toby Kebbell had been attached to play the part, but left due to a scheduling conflict and now, it appears, Evans is out for similar reasons.Marshall-Green is playing another soldier, this time a Marine having trouble adapting to civilian life after Vietnam in US cable show Quarry, which hits screens next year.
Dan Stevens Will Be Part Of The Colossal Cast
Facing a monster with Anne HathawayWhen Anne Hathaway appeared on the Empire Podcast a few weeks ago, she made mention of the unusual monster movie Colossal she’s just started shooting. There’s even more reason to get excited about the film, as Dan Stevens has joined the cast.Hathaway stars as a young woman down on her luck after losing her job and being dumped by her boyfriend in New York. Deciding to cut her losses, she moves back to her hometown, only to learn that she has a weird connection to a giant creature that has materialized over Seoul and is starting to destroy the city. It really does sound like a Godzilla film written by someone on powerful narcotics, but we can’t wait to see it. Nacho Vigalondo is the man responsible for the script and who is calling the shots now in Vancouver.Stevens will be the aforementioned boyfriend, who realises he wants her back, and he’s in the ensemble alongside Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowell. He’s part of the cast of thrillers Criminal Activities and The Ticket and is playing the Beast in Beauty And The Beast, which doesn’t arrive until March 17, 2017.
Patricia Arquette Joins Claire Denis' New Sci-Fi Film
Robert Pattinson is already in his spacesuitDirector Claire Denis is putting the pieces together for her surprising and enticing science fiction English-language debut. She already has Robert Pattinson and Mia Goth in the cast and has now added Patricia Arquette.The film, which has yet to lock down a title, features a script by White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her husband Nick Laird, based on an idea conceived by Denis and regular writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. And with Screen International’s latest report on the film comes a few more details on what we can expect from the story, which had already been mentioned as taking place in space, in a future time that feels like the present. Now we know that the idea will be a Suicide Squad-style mission for skilled criminals facing death sentences or life behind bars who are offered a potentially fatal space mission to find new energy sources in return for pardons or reduced sentences.There is an eclectic group collaborating on the design and development of the new film including artist Olafur Eliasson, astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau, a specialist in black holes and cosmology, and musician Stuart Staples, who wrote tracks for Denis' White Material and another of her movies, The Intruder. Denis should be rolling the cameras early next year.Arquette, who won an Oscar for Boyhood this year, is part of the cast for indie mystery The Wannabe and is producing gender equality documentary Equal Means Equal. She’s also the lead in the one remaining CSI spin-off on TV, CSI: Cyber.
Josh Hutcherson Learns Backstabbing For Beginners In A New Thriller
Ben Kingsley will be his diplomatic bossAs the American Film Market approaches (it kicks off next month), a whole host of potential films will be jostling for attention and looking for buyers. It helps to have names attached and Backstabbing For Beginners has two: Josh Hutcherson and Ben Kingsley.Per Fly is directing the thriler, working from a script he wrote with Daniel Pyne. Backstabbing For Beginners casts Hutcherson as Michael, an idealistic young sort who scores a dream job working for the United Nations’ Oil for Food program and delves into the chaotic market of post-Iraq war crude. Discovering that there’s a conspiracy in the trading program that reaches the highest levels, he reaches out to his boss and mentor Pasha (Kingsley) for help, but learns that he might just have put them both at risk.Fly is aiming to start shooting the film in January and it’ll likely be out sometime in 2016. Hutcherson is part of the veteran cast for the final Hunger Games film, Mockingjay – Part 2, which is out on November 19. Kingsley is in cinemas now in The Walk and will be heard as Bagheera in Jon Favreau’s take on The Jungle Book, which arrives on April 15 next year.
Ray Winstone And Johnny Harris Step Into The Ring For A Boxing Drama
Michael Smiley and Paul Weller also in the castBoxing dramas seem to be big at the moment, what with Southpaw, Creed, Hands Of Stone and Bleed For This in the mix. The UK is not being left out, as Ray Winstone, Johnny Harris, Michael Smiley and even Paul Weller are on board for a new, untitled drama that was once called The Ballad Of Jimmy McCabe.Thomas Napper is stepping up from usual second unit duties (he worked on Anna Karenina and Into The Woods, among others) to make his feature directing debut with the film, which Harris himself wrote loosely based on his own youthful pugilism experiences. He’s starring as Jimmy, a man in search of hope who has been looking in all the wrong places. When he hits the mat of life, he goes looking for some help to his childhood boxing club, where he seeks out owner Bill (Winstone) and cornerman Eddie (Smiley).Getting himself back into fighting shape might be the one chance he has to turn his life around. There’s no word on who Weller will play in the film, but he is also offering his more usual score composing services. Napper aims to have the cameras rolling in February or March next year.Winstone (like Harris, a former youth boxer) will next be seen in the Point Break remake, which lands here on February 12. Smiley is on screens now in The Lobster and has Corin Hardy’s The Hallow due on November 13.
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell And More Starring In New Comedy
Christina Applegate will join them in the filmOnce a project that was being shepherded by Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann for him to produce and her to star in, the comedy formerly known as Bad Moms lost them and is now without a title, but does have an acting triumvirate for its leads, with Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate joining up.Paramount has been hoping this one would stay afloat, with Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore providing the script and remaining attached to direct.The plot will follow an overachiever of a mother who would seem to be living the perfect life, but unbeknownst to her family, is also incredibly stressed and so very ready for a break. So she takes off with two equally harried moms on a quest for fun, freedom and frivolity. But their actions bring them into conflict with the local PTA leader and seeming queen of the local mothers’ clique, who is none too happy with them disrupting her plans for an orderly, organized neighbourhood. There’s no word on when it’ll start shooting yet, but the studio is probably just happy it’s getting to this stage again.Kunis, last seen in Jupiter Ascending, has a voice in stop-motion ‘toon Hell And Back, which has yet to find a UK release. Bell is about to kick off work on the CHiPs movie and has Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss due here June 10 next year. And Applegate, who appeared in the new Vacation film, is shooting Crash Pad with Domhnall Gleeson and voices Brittany once again in the latest Chipmunks film, The Road Chip, which will darken our cinema doors on February 12.
English-Language Raid Remake In Trouble
Director and studio drop outLast we heard, just over a year ago, the English-language remake of The Raid was still a going concern. Screen Gems were behind it, The Expendables 3's Patrick Hughes was directing, and Taylor Kitsch and Frank Grillo were in talks to star. This morning, however, it's less Iko Uwais and more Pete Tong, since both Hughes and Screen Gems have abandoned the project. Only production company XYZ Films remains attached.The Tracking Board's sources don't quite address exectly what's caused this collapse. They speculate that continual delays have forced the Aussie Hughes to move on to a more going concern, that of Sydney-To-Hobart Yacht Race disaster drama The Storm Warning - but quite what chilled the collective feet of Screen Gems remains to be seen.Brad Ingelsby (Out Of The Furnace, Run All Night) and Eric and John Hueber (Red) have all contributed to multiple drafts of the screenplay, as has original Raid director Gareth Evans, who still seems to be attached to the remake as an executive producer.The thrust of the proposed new version is still bit of a mystery, beyond that it will take the basic premise of the original – a mobster and his violent thugs lay a trap for a SWAT team inside a high-rise building, a trap they must fight their way out of – and transplant it to the US. Kitsch would have been one of the main SWAT officers. Grillo, we're guessing, would have had something like the Joe Taslim role.Lone producers XYZ are now looking for a new action-happy director and, presumably, a new studio. So they're optimistic that the project isn't dead yet, at least.
Idris Elba And J.K. Simmons Join Zootropolis Voice Cast
(That's Zootopia if you're outside the UK)As previously announced, Tangled director Byron Howard's next animation for Disney is Zootropolis (at least here in the UK; Zootopia everywhere else). A buddy-comedy-meets-conspiracy-thriller set in a world entirely populated by animals, it's now just announced its impressive voice cast. Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Octavia Spencer, Tommy Chong, Nate Torrence and Alan Tudyk will all be rocking the mic for the menagerie.Our main characters are smooth Fox Nick Wilde (Bateman) and cop rabbit Lt. Judy Hopps (Goodwin). Elba is Chief Bogo (a bull); Simmons is Mayor Leodore Lionheart (a lion); Chong (of Cheech &) is hippy yak Yax; Spencer is Mrs Otterton (an otter); Torrence is cheetah Benjamin Clawhauser; and Tudyk is small-time weasel crook Duke Weaselton.“Usually in animal movies, people just make them all human and give them human abilities,” Howard said at Disney’s D23 event back in 2013, “but we wanted to bring the animal abilities into the movie. In the same way we pushed human animation in Tangled, we want to show an animal movie the way no one has seen before. Animals in our world are beautiful and amazing and we wanted to capture that and tie it to what we are as humans.”Zootropolis will be out here on March 25, 2016, following its March 4 US arrival.
Crowdfunded Super Troopers Sequel Starts Shooting
No sign yet of Brian Cox...Six months after raising more than double what they asked for via their IndieGoGo campaign, the Broken Lizard troupe have started shooting their comedy Highway Patrollers sequel Super Troopers 2.All five original Troopers - Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske - are returning. There's no sign of Brian Cox yet, but we were promised that meeting the target would allow for "proper actors" so there's still hope... Cox himself says he'll come back if the budget gets to $5m and he gets a scene with "a bullwhip and a rocket launcher".They asked for $2m and, having raised that for the "barebones" version of the film in a single day, are currently at $4.5m: more than quadruple the budget of the original 2001 Super Troopers. It's still going, and the current target is $4.75m, which will allow for a "kick-ass chase scene". It's the second most successful movie crowdfunding campaign after Veronica Mars. Perks included a producer credit or speaking role for $10k, and for one lucky contributor, getting to keep the car for $35k.The original film follows the knockabout adventures of five Vermont state troopers, avid pranksters with a knack for screwing up, who try to save their jobs and outdo the local police department by solving a crime. Not much is yet known about the new film, but it's believed to take place fairly immediately after the first one (so they won't be addressing the 14-year hiatus).Chandresekhar is directing again, and Fox Searchlight agreed to distribute Super Troopers 2 once the initial $2m was met, but there are no release dates so far. Next year sometime seems likely.
Johnny Depp Starring In Fortunately, The Milk For Edgar Wright
Adapted from Neil Gaiman's children's bookThere was already quite the pop culture collision when news emerged in 2012 that Edgar Wright had agreed to direct Johnny Depp in a film version of supernatural mystery series The Night Stalker. While that has yet to find its way to screens, they’re teaming up for a different project that adds another big name that is causing ripples: Neil Gaiman and his book Fortunately, The Milk.According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox is eagerly looking to get in on the project, which would be a blend of live-action and animation that expands upon Gaiman’s fun 2014 bestseller. The story, illustrated in the book by Skottie Young, concerns a father caring for his young son and daughter while their mother is away on business. Discovery they’re out of milk one morning, he leads to the local shop, but returns hours later with a fantastical tale involving time travel, pirates, aliens, a volcano god and a stegosaurus in a hot air balloon. Just your average shopping trip, then.And the enticing project features another person whose name usually means quality entertainment: Bret McKenzie, who is writing the adaptation and, we would surely hope, one or two songs given his background in Flight Of The Conchords and his Oscar for The Muppets.Depp’s looking to star and produce, but we’ll likely have to wait for this one as all involved are busy. Wright has crime pic Baby Driver in pre-production, Depp is next on screen here in Black Mass (out November 27) and has worked on Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers, Alice In Wonderland sequel Through The Looking Glass and the fifth Pirates film. McKenzie has several projects on the go, including a potential Conchords movie.
George Clooney In Talks To Direct Suburbicon
A noir drama written by the Coen brothersHis previous collaborations with the brothers Coen have been fruitful, spawning Intolerable Cruelty, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the forthcoming Hail, Caesar! George Clooney is taking a slightly different track for a fourth team-up, entering talks to step behind the camera and direct the Joel and Ethan-scripted Suburbicon.Little is known about the film at this point, but Sony’s TriStar arm is feverishly hoping it all comes together, which is looking likely. Clooney would handle what is described in Deadline’s report as a ‘50s-set noir drama that would feel tonally like the Coens’ Blood Simple. Talk of this happening has been floating around for nearly a decade, with the chatter about Clooney and the film dating back to 2005, around the time he was being feted for Good Night, And Good Luck. And while the Coens usually direct their own material, they have provided scripts for others, including their recent re-write work on Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies.The brothers’ latest, the aforementioned Hollywood kidnap comedy drama Hail, Caesar!, is due here on February 26. Clooney will be part of that cast, and will then follow the film with Jodie Foster’s financial hostage drama Money Monster, out on April 15.
The Sherlock Special Arrives New Year's Day
The Abominable Bride will haunt your TVAfter teasing us with at least two trailers that simply ended with “Coming Soon”, Team Sherlock has taken pity on the fans by announcing that the new special – now called The Abominable Bride – will arrive, as we might have been able to deduce, on January 1. To mark the occasion, the most recent trailer has been updated with the title and date.Set apart from the continuity of the main show, the episode will be a stand-alone story in the 19th century with our heroes (played as usual by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) investigating a seemingly impossible case. Well, impossible for other people. The likes of Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey, Jonathan Aris, Amanda Abbington and Una Stubbs will all be around, but given Victorian twists.“The special is its own thing,” Moffat told EW back in March. “We wouldn’t have done the story we’re doing, and the way we’re doing it, if we didn’t have this special. It’s not part of the run of three episodes. So we had this to do it – as we could hardly conceal – it’s Victorian. Mark Gatiss and me, we wanted to do this, but it had to be a special, it had to be separate entity on its own. It’s kind of in its own little bubble."US audiences will be happy to learn that the special is day and date, so there won’t be the usual long wait and taunting Tumblr .gif torrent to deal with.
Disney Plans Tower Of Terror Movie
Writer John August has a treatment based on the rideThough the huge success of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise spurred at lot of theme park-based movies into development during the last few years, few have seen the light. Still, Disney – even after the disappointment with park-adjacent idea Tomorrowland – is lining up another possibility with Tower Of Terror.Big Fish and Frankenweenie writer John August has worked up a treatment for a potential film based on the attraction that sends you dropping into a terrifying art deco hotel with a lift struck by lightning and all manner of spooky goodness.But August won’t actually be the one to crank out the screenplay, with Disney instead starting the search for someone to expand upon the concept. It’s early days for the idea, so no directors are being approached yet. We’re just hoping that if the movie gets made, it goes all out with the old Hollywood style the ride embodies.As for the Pirates films, the latest, Dead Men Tell No Tales, sails into cinemas on July 7, 2017. The Mouse House has several others in the works, including Jungle Cruise, which recently got a boost when Dwayne Johnson climbed aboard, planning to star in and produce the film that had been floating in a development lagoon for a while.
Maureen O'Hara 1920-2015
Accomplished actress dies aged 95Maureen O’Hara, an actress whose career stretched beyond film and television to the world of business, has died at the age of 95.O’Hara, born Maureen FitzSimons to Charles and Marguerite in Dublin in 1920, showed an aptitude for acting from a young age. She began training in drama, music and dance at the age of six, learning stage craft at the Abbey Theatre from 14. Her experience led to a screen test with a film studio in London, but despite a failure there, she was spotted by actor Charles Laughton, who saw star quality in her.Laughton, along with business partner Erich Pommer, offered her a contract with their company Mayflower Pictures, resulting in her film debut in 1938 in two films, The Playboy and Little Miss Molly. But she scored her first big role (and a surname) change with Jamaica Inn, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Delighted with her performance in the film, Laughton cast her as Esmerelda alongside him in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.Following the outbreak of World War II, her contract was transferred to RKO in Hollywood, where she toiled in several low-budget films until John Ford cast her as Angharad in 1941’s How Green Is My Valley, which won the Oscar for Best Picture.O’Hara’s career really took off from there, and she became known for several movies, including the original 1947 take on Miracle On 34th Street, Our Man In Havana, Tripoli and Sinbad, The Sailor. Considered one of the world’s most beautiful women, she found a welcome partnership with director John Ford, who cast her in five more of his films, Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Wings Of Eagles, McLintock! and Big Jake, and developed memorable onscreen chemistry with John Wayne.She largely retired from acting in the 1970s taking over from her late third husband as CEO of Antilles Air Boats, making her the first woman president of a scheduled airline in the United States. Returning to acting for a few roles in the 1990s, she never won an Academy Award directly, but received a well deserved Honorary Oscar in 2014."It is with a sad heart that we share the news that Maureen O'Hara passed away today in her sleep of natural causes," her family said in a statement to the Irish Times. "Maureen was our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favorite movie, The Quiet Man.”
New Sherlock Special Arrives New Year's Day
The Abominable Bride will haunt your TVAfter teasing us with at least two trailers that simply ended with “Coming Soon”, Team Sherlock has taken pity on the fans by announcing that the new special – now called The Abominable Bride – will arrive, as we might have been able to deduce, on January 1. To mark the occasion, the most recent trailer has been updated with the title and date.Set apart from the continuity of the main show, the episode will be a stand-alone story in the 19th century with our heroes (played as usual by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) investigating a seemingly impossible case. Well, impossible for other people. The likes of Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey, Jonathan Aris, Amanda Abbington and Una Stubbs will all be around, but given Victorian twists.“The special is its own thing,” Moffat told EW back in March. “We wouldn’t have done the story we’re doing, and the way we’re doing it, if we didn’t have this special. It’s not part of the run of three episodes. So we had this to do it – as we could hardly conceal – it’s Victorian. Mark Gatiss and me, we wanted to do this, but it had to be a special, it had to be separate entity on its own. It’s kind of in its own little bubble."US audiences will be happy to learn that the special is day and date, so there won’t be the usual long wait and taunting Tumblr .gif torrent to deal with.
The Martian Travels Back To The Top Of The US Box Office
The Last Witch Hunter and others flopIt was a very bad weekend to be a newcomer at the American box office this weekend, and even for some films – looking at you, Steve Jobs – that were trying to expand. It was, however, very good news for The Martian, which rebounded back to the top of the charts after being dethroned by Goosebumps last weekend, earning $15.9 million in its fourth week of release.The blend of scares and laughs conjured from the books of author R.L. Stine still took advantage of Halloween’s creeping approach, as the Jack Black-starring Goosebumps had a solid second weekend, taking in $15.5 million for a $58 million US total. And Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies held on well, making $11.3 million despite a smaller cinema screen count than the top two. People do seem to like that combination of Spielberg, Tom Hanks and history.You have to head down to fourth place to find the first of the weekend’s new arrivals, as Vin Diesel’s The Last Witch Hunter, arriving with fairly terrible world of mouth, only managed a quiet launch and $10.8 million. Seems audiences weren’t rushing to see Diesel slay supernatural creatures or even have him do the action thing outside of films not named Fast & Furious. A few weeks ago, Diesel had been talking up sequels, but we’re not sure Lionsgate and Summit will be rushing to pull the chain for the greenlight just yet. Perhaps if international cinemagoers embrace the film? We’re not going to hold our breath in any regards. Hotel Transylvania 2, meanwhile, flapped its vampire bat wings and stayed in fifth place with $9 million.On the more dramatic scare front, there was little good news. Despite a powerhouse formula that has spawned several low-budget/high-return successes, a prime spot a week before Halloween and lots of chatter about this being the big finish for the series, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension barely said boo to a goose with a paltry $8.2 million. While the lower budget (not reported) should mean this one is less of a worry, it’s still a disappointing end for what started as something of a sensation. The film was apparently hurt by Paramount signing an exclusive deal with a couple of cinema chains and also moving up the movie’s VOD release, which alienated other companies.Universal, which had been riding high this year with several huge films, has seemingly hit a road bump with a few of its releases, one being Steve Jobs. Though it boasted Danny Boyle directing an Aaron Sorkin script and a compelling subject matter covered in an interesting way, it just hasn’t ignited after expanding its screen count. The film made $7.2 million this weekend, pushing its current total to $9.9 million. Perhaps Apple should have spent a couple of their billions on tickets, but knowing Tim Cook’s feelings towards the film, we didn’t see that happening.Crimson Peak (the second of this week’s Universal films not performing how they might) saw little boost from the oncoming spooky weekend, slipping to eighth with $5.6 million and $22.4 million in the States so far. The Intern fell a couple of places to ninth with $3.8 million and Sicario was down to 10th, earning $2.9 million.Though we don’t normally venture beyond the top 10, just a quick mention of two other poor performing new arrivals, as Bill Murray comedy Rock The Kasbah crashed into 13th place with $1.5 million (from 2,012 screens, so this wasn’t exactly a limited release) and another real disappointment for Universal, Jem And The Holograms, with the adaption of the toys/cartoon series doing truly, truly, outrageously badly and landing with a splat in 15th off of $1.3 million.To see The Martian fire its ascent booster over the rest of the charts in the full listings, head to Box Office Mojo.
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