Only God Forgives by John ‘Houzer’ Smith
Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan has been discussing a potential reunion with director Josh Trank on the latter’s forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot, and from the way he’s talking, it sounds as though there could be a part with his name on it.
“Nothing is real. Everyone knows we’re good friends,” said Jordan to USA Today of his relationship with the director. “If it happened I would be ecstatic. I’d love to be a part of it.” USA Today went on to say that Jordan gave a knowing wink before joking, “That wink was off the record.” Sounds like he’s got the cocky patter down to a T…
The part Jordan has been linked with is that of Johnny Storm, otherwise known as The Human Torch, with some fans registering their objections over casting an African-American actor in the role.
However, Jordan suggests said fans ought to calm down and move with the times…
“Things change and time goes on,” said the star. “It’s 2013 right now. The characteristics of The Human Torch are his name is Johnny Storm, he’s charismatic, and he’s a playboy. That’s it.”
With filming set to begin later this year, The Fantastic Four will open in the UK on 6 March 2015.
Inside Llewyn Davis should again see the Coens compete for prizes at Cannes. Melancholy and funny, quirky and touching, it stands among their strongest work.
Set in 1961, the brothers’ 16th movie follows Greenwich Village folk musician Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaacs in a star-making turn) as he crashes on friends’ couches and plays smoky dives for tiny purses and sparse applause.
Emma Watson’s post-Potter career continues to bloom, with her latest role – as fashion-obsessed celebrity burglar Nicki in Sofia Coppola’s crime drama The Bling Ring (read our reaction here) – getting plenty of plaudits from the punters of the film’s official premiere in Cannes last night.
Total Film caught up with Watson this afternoon in the Croisette’s swanky Carlton hotel, where she told us all about the attraction of taking on a role that’s worlds apart from Hermione Grainger…
“It’s so topical, it’s so present – it’s holding up a mirror really,” Watson explained of the film, which tells the (true) story of a group of high-schoolers who use the internet to find and break into the homes of celebs like Paris Hilton and Megan Fox, before posing with their swag on Facebook.
“I think what I liked about [Nicki] is that she’s utterly tragic and very comedic all at the same time. The comedy was easy because the lines are written and they’re hilarious, but I wanted there to be a palpable sense of sadness and loneliness about her as well.”
“I realised very quickly that my biggest challenge was somehow making this surreal, delusional, eccentric character real in some way, because she’s larger than life and also at times very unsympathetic,” she continued. “It was all about somehow trying to get the audience to identify with her, even if it’s just for a second. I talked to Sofia about it for hours and just really tried to figure out how to understand her.”
“I liked that she has this kind of sweet face, which is interesting to play a bad girl,” added Coppola of casting Watson as a bitchy, OMG-a-minute teen. “She seemed to play a character that was so different from herself and she had a serious approach to something that could easily have become a cartoon.”
We also quizzed Watson on her upcoming old-testament epic Noah (in which she plays the hero’s adopted daughter), which sees her teaming up onscreen with the likes of Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins for director Darren Aronofsky.
“It was pretty grueling,” she explained of the shoot. “I had to be really vulnerable in a way that I’ve sort of touched on but never really gone all the way there, and also just physically, the hours we were shooting… The scale of it… I mean, it’s biblical, you know – the world’s ending!”
We’d certainly love to see Nolan take on the franchise at some point in the future, so if Bond 24 turns out to be an episode too soon, hopefully Broccoli and Wilson will be able to pique his interest further down the track…
The recent behind-the-scenes featurette for apocalypse comedyThis Is The Endmade much of its wide array of celebrity cameos, and the latest clip follows a similar pattern, with Emma Watson shacking up with the boys at James Franco’s house.
With all of LA seemingly a burning wasteland outside, Watson tips up clutching an axe and talking about an impending zombie holocaust.
Naturally, this is disturbing news, although Franco seems more concerned about how the sleeping arrangements are going to pan out…
Take a look, below:
Hopefully the slew of cameos will be as goofily funny and self-mocking as the ones on show here. Top marks to Jonah Hill, incidentally, whose puppyish expression scores a couple of bonus laughs.
Directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and co-starring Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel and Craig Robinson, This Is The End will open in the UK on 28 June 2013.
A new red-band trailer has arrived forThe Hangover Part 3, in which Alan reminisces about the adventure so far, before revealing that he must leave the Wolfpack for good.
Naturally, this resolution lasts for all of five minutes, as it isn’t long before the boys are on the road again, in over their heads in another outlandish adventure.
This time, their troubles are all the work of Leslie Chow, who owes a lot of money to some very angry people. One of who, surprisingly enough, is “Black Doug”, from a mix-up in the first Hangover.
Take a look, below:
There’s certainly a risk involved in beefing up Chow’s involvement to that of key protagonist, and there’s a chance that that cackle will become a tad irritating before the film is done. Let’s hope the Wolfpack aren’t just along for the ride in a Leslie Chow spin-off…
Directed by Todd Phillips and co-starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong, The Hangover Part 3 will open in the UK on 24 May 2013.
With superhero sequels ten a penny these days, its somewhat surprising that we’ve yet to see a follow-up to 2004’s The Incredibles, although according to Brad Bird, there could yet be a sequel coming our way.
“I have been thinking about it,” admits the director in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “People think that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head.
“I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get ‘em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that.”
Meanwhile, Bird’s name was one that was recently linked to the director’s chair forStar Wars: Episode VII, a position he claims he was forced to turn down on account of his schedule.
“I’ve known Kathy [Kennedy] for a while and I know George [Lucas],” reveals Bird, “and they did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to do…unless I droppedTomorrowland.
“And I was just really deeply into this film at that point. It’s easy to say, “Just put it on hold.” But you’re moving now; you don’t know if you’re going to be able to move later. Maybe it’s true of filmmakers like Cameron or Spielberg, but I have to act on momentum. We had reached a critical mass where it would’ve thrown the furniture around from the train stopping.
“I really want to see this movie. I love the Star Wars films, and I can’t wait to see what J.J. does, but it meant I’d have to shut down one dream to participate in another. I feel like [with Tomorrowland] we’re making something that’s really special and unique.”
Tomorrowland will open in the US on 19 December 2014, with a UK release date to be confirmed.
In Cannes to raise funds for his long-cherished project Silence, Martin Scorsese sits on a yacht in his best grey suit, sipping champagne.
Sofia Coppola has made a career out of lensing lost souls blighted by ennui and emptiness, and her fifth film, The Bling Ring, spies the same subject from a different angle.