The Pianist by Jovana Koncarevic
J.J. Abrams has been discussing Star Trek Into Darkness, and has revealed that in retrospect, he would rather have been up front about the identity of his villain (spoilers ahead).
Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch’s “John Harrison” was revealed to be none other than classic villain, Khan, a development that Abrams would rather have made clear from the get go…
“The truth is, I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront, ‘This is who it is,’” says Abrams. “It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimatise and accept that’s what the thing was.”
“It was so important to the studio that we not angle this thing for existing fans. If we said it was Khan, it would feel like you’ve really got to know whatStar Trek is about to see this movie. That would have been limiting.”
“I can understand their argument to try to keep that quiet, but I do wonder if it would have seemed a little bit less like an attempt at deception if we had just come out with it.”
Meanwhile, Abrams was also asked about Joe Cornish as a potential director for the third film, a notion he seems genuinely excited by.
“My guess is that’s up in the air,” says Abrams. “I adore him and love him and can’t wait to see what he does next. Hopefully it will be Star Trek. Whatever it is, he’s brilliant. Attack the Block was one of my favourite movies of the year when it came out.” We shall see…
Elizabeth Olsen can expect plenty of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron questions over the coming weeks and months, and has been only too happy to discuss her character Scarlet Witch in increasing levels of detail…
While there have been question marks over just what powers Scarlet Witch will have in the new film (there are legal issues as to which specific version of the character falls under the banner of Marvel or Fox), Olsen has hinted at what she might be able to do…
“She’s nuts, she’s crazy,” says Olsen of her character. “She has more things wrong with her than any character I’ve ever played,”
“She can tell you where an object has been, she can tell you what your future is, she can connect with the dead and people from other universes, and she’s the only person in this universe who’s capable of doing that.”
This may of course be knowledge Olsen has picked up in her background reading, but Joss Whedon has presumably been steering her towards the comics that are more relevant to this incarnation of the character…
In any case, we’d imagine Kevin Feige will be keeping a close eye on just how much Olsen reveals in her interviews… The Avengers: Age Of Ultronwill open on 1 May 2015.
A new international trailer has arrived for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, in which Russell Crowe’s titular hero readies himself for a flood of Biblical proportions…
Crowe’s Noah has plenty to deal with here, not just in the face of the storm that’s about to hit, but also from Ray Winstone’s disgruntled king, who seems to take Noah’s construction project as a personal affront.
The new trailer contains many of the key moments shown in the first promo, although there’s lots of new flood footage to feast the eyes on too.
Take a look at the new trailer, below…
This one certainly seems to be a film to catch on the biggest screen possible, as Aronofsky looks to have assembled an eye-popping array of high-end visual effects.
Co-starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly, Noahwill open in the UK on 28 March 2014.
American Hustle has released a brand new clip online, in which Christian Bale and Amy Adams first meet and bond over a shared love of jazz.
Adams’ character is wearing a bracelet featuring the image of jazz legend Duke Ellington, and it isn’t long before she and Bale are discussing their mutual love of the artist, and his song Jeep’s Blues.
Needless to say, there’s a bit more than a shared hobby at play here, as the sexual chemistry veritably crackles between the two stars.
Take a look at the new clip, below:
Not that we want to lower the tone, but it seems as though those two might be off to do more than listen to a couple of LPs…
Directed by David O. Russell and co-starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner, American Hustle will open in the UK on 3 January 2014.
Having taken a little time out after This Is 40, Judd Apatow seems to have made his mind up over his next project, with THR reporting that he is set to direct new film Train Wreck.
Written by and starring comedian Amy Schumer, fresh from receiving her own show on Comedy Central, the film will follow a troubled young woman trying to steer her life back on to the rails.
Apatow is currently immersed in the casting process, with the director thought to have met with a number of actors in LA throughout November.
Reportedly up for grabs are roles as Schumer’s boyfriend, parents and a best friend / co-worker. And presumably a part for Leslie Mann somewhere too…
A shoot is likely to take place next year, ahead of a probable release date in 2015. Good job too, since that year is currently looking pretty quiet…
Cinemagoers heading to see The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaugcan look forward to an early Christmas present, with the film set to be preceded by the first trailer for Interstellar.
Paramount / Warner Bros. will be releasing a 1 minute 43 second trailer in front of the latest jaunt to Middle-earth, giving Hobbit fans the first chance to take a look at Christopher Nolan’s new one.
As is often the case with Nolan’s films, we’ve seen next to nothing from the film, despite it being scheduled for release within 12 months, so this first trailer is hotly anticipated to say the least.
Plot-wise, all we know is that the film will deal with a space exploration crew who discover a wormhole that opens up the possibility of time travel…
Directed by Nolan and co-starring Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and Casey Affleck, Interstellar will open in the UK on 7 November 2014.
Having recently been confirmed by Marvel as Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Elizabeth Olsen has been discussing her character, who sounds as though she’s a mite troubled…
“I hung out with Mr. Whedon recently,” says Olsen. “I’m really excited about this movie. I’m so excited about Scarlet Witch. I have had so much fun reading all about her and I am like learning new words that I had to look up on Wikipedia. I’m really enjoying it.
“I just love Scarlet Witch,” she continues. “I love her. It’s so funny because I’m often talking about all these psychologically damaged people, but when you talk about Scarlet Witch… she is a messed up lady. She has got more shit to deal with than anybody else I know.
“I’m excited to figure out what’s appropriate to use for her, because there’s so much material from all of these decades, and we’re going to tell this one story. So to be able to choose what you’re going to bring into it from all of this abundance, it’s really fun.”
We can assume that the small issue of Magneto being her father will fall into the column marked “not appropriate”, given the rights clash between Fox and Marvel, but it will indeed be interesting to see the spin Whedon and Olsen decide to put on the character…
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron will open in the UK on 1 May 2015.
The latest TV spot for The Wolf Of Wall Street has arrived online, in which Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill do their level best to get rich quick.
Very successful they are at it too, from the looks of the fast cars and luxury living quarters on display in this new spot. Pity the FBI are along for the ride too…
Of course, this is the story of real-life trader Jordan Belfort, who lived the high life through the ‘80s thanks to a staple diet of white collar crime… only for it all to come crashing down around him.
Take a look at the new spot, below:
Nice choice of soundtrack once again, with Kanye West’s Black Skinheadkeeping the action barrelling along nicely. How many films about financial corruption look this darn fun?
The film is also set to maximise its potential audience by making a few cuts to its sexual content, meaning it has successfully dodged an NC-17 certificate over in the States. Kerching! The run time has also been confirmed at 2 hours 59 minutes, making it Scorsese’s longest ever movie.
Directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starring Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau and Kyle Chandler, The Wolf Of Wall Street will open in the UK on 17 January 2014.