August 30, 2014

The Lady from Shanghai


The Lady from Shanghai

August 30, 2014
Rumour: Avengers: Age Of Ultron to introduce new superheroes?

A new rumour has emerged this morning regarding Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and some potential shifts to the lineup that could be precipitated by the film’s ending.

According to Badass Digest, the film will conclude with Captain America assembling a new team of superheroes, comprised of a mixture of characters old and new.

Why exactly a new team would be required has yet to be explained, but one of the major new additions is thought to be Ms. Marvel, otherwise known as Captain Marvel.

The report does go on to explain that the studio is still deliberating on whether to introduce her here in such a throwaway manner, or whether to give her a proper origin story in her own film, but in any case, it looks like that female superhero isn’t too far away.

Definitely worth staying after the credits for this one, in any case. Directed by Joss Whedon and co-starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans et al, Avengers: Age Of Ultron will open in the UK on 24 April 2015.

August 30, 2014
Denzel Washington stays cool in new clip from The Equalizer: watch now

A new clip has arrived online from The Equalizer, in which Denzel Washington stays cool in the face of interrogation from a mysterious suit…

The new film sees Washington play Robert McCall, a former Black Ops commando, who has since ditched his service career in favour of a quiet life.

However, when he discovers a young girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) is being terrorised by a firm of Russian gangsters, he just can’t help himself from slipping back into the old routine.

Take a look at the new clip, below…

Washington can do this cool, composed badass routine in his sleep, but that doesn’t make it any the less enjoyable to watch, and The Equalizer looks like another solid action vehicle to showcase Denzel at his smoothest…

Directed by Antoine Fuqua and co-starring Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas and Bill Pullman, The Equalizer will open in the UK on 26 September 2014.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua and co-starring Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas and Bill Pullman, The Equalizer will open in the UK on 26 September 2014.A new trailer has arrived online for Seventh Son, Sergei Bodrov’s fantasy saga starring Jeff Bridges as a mystical warrior and Ben Barnes as his young protégé.

Barnes is the Seventh Son in question, you see, a lowly farmhand who just happens to be a prophesized hero boasting some rather incredible powers.

He’ll be needing them too, because it’s down to him to go toe to toe with Julianne Moore’s evil queen, whose army of supernatural assassins are running rampage through the kingdom.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

The film has been delayed no fewer than three times already, its initial release date having first been scheduled for way back in 2013. However, if that doesn’t inspire a great deal of confidence, the quality of the cast alone means we’re still intrigued to give this one a whirl…

Directed by Bodrov and co-starring Olivia Williams, Kit Harrington and Alicia Vikander, Seventh Son will open in the UK on 6 February 2015.

August 30, 2014
Steve Carell turns nasty in new Foxcatcher teaser: watch now

A new teaser trailer has arrived for Foxcatcher, in which Steve Carell takes centre-stage as unnerving millionaire turned wrestling coach, John du Pont.

Obsessed with the notion of winning an Olympic gold medal, Du Pont invites wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to his estate to form a team for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, while granting him th chance to step out of the shadow of his older brother (Mark Ruffalo).

Unfortunately, Du Pont is not the most stable of mentors, and things soon take a turn for the tragic as he grows increasingly desperate in his attempts to ensure his dream doesn’t hit the skids.

Take a look at the new teaser, below…

Carell is on genuinely terrifying form here, while stopping short of the all-out melodrama that sometimes affects comic actors turning “serious”. Don’t expect that Oscar talk to die down any time soon…

Directed by Bennett Miller and co-starring Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall, Foxcatcher will open in the UK on 9 January 2015.

August 29, 2014

Hector and the Search for Happiness


Hector and the Search for Happiness

August 28, 2014
Chloë Grace Moretz says Kick-Ass 3 is unlikely to happen

Chloë Grace Moretz has been discussing the possibility of a third entry in the Kick-Ass franchise, and has described another sequel as unlikely after the second film’s disappointing box office take.

“Sadly, I think I’m done with the character,” says Moretz of her iconic role as Hit-Girl. “Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don’t think there will be any more movies.” 

“You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theatre. Kick-Ass 2 was one of the number-one pirated movies of the year, but that doesn’t help us because we need box office figures.” 

“We need to prove to the distributors that we can make money from a third and a fourth movie - but because it didn’t do so well, we can’t make another one. If you want more than one movie, everyone has to go and see movies at the cinema. It’s all about the numbers in the theatre.”

Indeed, with the film only just scraping past the $60 million mark worldwide, it seems unlikely that we’ll see a third outing for Hit-Girl and co., but we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed nonetheless. After all, C-bomb spouting, pre-teen heroines don’t come along every day…

August 28, 2014
Daniel Radcliffe stars in new trailer for Horns: watch now

A new full-length trailer has arrived for Alexandre Aja’s Horns, in which Daniel Radcliffe plays a bereaved lover on the hunt for his girlfriend’s killer.

Unfortunately for him, the small-town community in which he lives has already decided that he is responsible, and has made him a pariah accordingly.

However, when he suddenly sprouts a strange pair of horns, Radcliffe discovers he can make people confess their darkest secrets, and getting to the bottom of the truth doesn’t seem quite so hard after all…

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

Whereas the first trailer contained a few lighter moments, this one is all about the intensity, both of Radcliffe’s love for his girlfriend and his desire to bring her killer to justice. He’s a man on a mission…

Directed by Aja, adapted from Joe Hill’s novel and co-starring Juno Temple, Max Minghella and Kelli Garner, Horns will open in the UK on 29 October 2014.

August 28, 2014
Charlie Hunnam taking title role in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur

Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur looks to have found its leading man, with Deadline reporting that Charlie Hunnam is in final negotiations to join the production.

Hunnam will play the titular monarch, and will join Idris Elba, who has already been cast as his mentor in a role similar to (although not explicitly described as) that of Merlin.

Meanwhile, Variety is also reporting that Elizabeth Olsen is the frontrunner to play the female lead, who we would assume to be Guinevere, Arthur’s queen.

With a script having been penned by screenwriter Joby Harrold, it has been suggested that the first film will introduce a series of six big-screen adventures, although clearly that will depend on the success of the initial outing.

Directed by Ritchie, King Arthur will open in the UK on 22 July 2016.

August 28, 2014

Requiem for a Dream


Requiem for a Dream

August 27, 2014

The Flash


The Flash

August 27, 2014
Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen star in new trailer for Trash: watch now

A new trailer has arrived online for Trash, Stephen Daldry’s Rio-set tale of three favela kids who have their lives turned upside down when they discover something unusual at the local dump.

The item in question is a wallet, and a wallet that the local police seem unusually keen to get their hands on… by bribery at first, and then by even less salubrious means…

Fortunbately, the boys have a pair of American missionaries to turn to in the form of Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen, who just might be able to help them uncover the story of the wallet’s real owner.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

Directed by Daldry and co-starring Wagner Moura, Selton Mello and André Ramiro, Trash will open in the UK on 30 January 2015.

August 27, 2014
Neil Marshall Is Interested in Directing a BLACK WIDOW Movie


People express interest in directing particular projects all the time, but when a guy like Neil Marshall says he’d like to direct a Black Widow movie, you listen.  Marshall’s the guy behind Game of Thrones’ “Blackwater” episode and he also actually just scored an Emmy nomination for directing season 4’s “The Watchers on the Wall,” but the one I hold near and dear is Marshall’s second feature film, the 2005 release, The Descent.

While discussing his work on Game of Thrones in a recent interview, the conversation shifted to the fact that Marshall didn’t get the chance to work with very many of the show’s leading ladies because his episodes primarily focus on male-dominated battles.  From there, the idea of directing a female superhero movie popped up and Marshall went straight for Scarlett Johansson.  Hit the jump to find out what he said about directing a Black Widow movie.

lucy-scarlett-johanssonWhen Vanity Fair asked Marshall if he’d like to direct a female-led superhero movie, he replied:

“I think I’d like to do a big movie with a strong female lead, whether or not she would be a superhero.  I’m more interested in characters like Scarlett Johansson in Lucy.  I’m less interested in people with superpowers because I can’t identify with them.  Very rarely do they get killed off, and when they do get killed off, chances are they’re going to be back … somehow.  Yes, I’d love to do a big splashy movie with a great female lead, but it has to be someone I can believe in.”

Even though Marshall isn’t into superpowers, you can’t bring up superhero movies and Scarlett Johansson without discussing the possibility of a Black Widow movie.  Plus, Black Widow happens to fit his requirements.  She doesn’t have superpowers; she’s just a well trained fighter.  When asked if that’s something Marshall would be interested in exploring, he explained:

“I would love to do a Black Widow movie.  That’s perfect, I would love to do that.  That character is really interesting, she doesn’t have any superpowers, she just has extraordinary skills, and the world that she comes from, being this ex-K.G.B. assassin, I find that really fascinating, yeah.”

You know what, Neil?  I would love to see your Black Widow movie!  Even though Marshall didn’t get much time to work with the female stars of Game of Thrones, minus Ygritte, The Descent proves he knows how to bring strong leading ladies to screen.  Tack on his action/big battle accomplishments from the show and we’ve got a pretty promising combination right there.

But of course, before that can happen, we need Marvel to get serious about that Black Widow movie.  We know the character is getting more screen time in Avengers: Age of Ultron and that Kevin Feige has expressed interest in giving her a solo movie, but that’s really it.  Marvel’s still got quite a few empty release dates to fill, so perhaps Black Widow will wind up getting one of them, but at the moment, despite some surface level interest, there’s really been nothing to suggest they’ll move forward with it anytime soon.


August 27, 2014
Lake Bell Inherits EMPEROR’S CHILDREN From Noah Baumbach


This is the kind of news that keeps me excited about movies.  Lake Bell, who directed and starred in In a World last year (along with a litany of other impressive acting appearances) is set to direct Emperor’s Children from a script by Greenberg and Frances Ha writer/director, Noah Baumbach.  I love Baumbach’s work and was quite impressed with In a World, so this project is already one of my most anticipated of next year.

The story, adapted from the Claire Messud novel of the same name, sounds like it is very much in Baumbach’s wheelhouse of smart, damaged characters.  It takes place in the literary world in the months before and after 9/11.  Baumbach spoke to us about the project a few months back, and I’m glad its finally moving forward.  Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins from Imagine are producing.  Hit the jump for more on Emperor’s Children.

emperors-children-bookHere’s the official synopsis for the book:

The Emperor’s Children is a richly drawn, brilliantly observed novel of fate and fortune—about the intersections in the lives of three friends, now on the cusp of their thirties, making their way–and not– in New York City. In thistour de force, the celebrated author Claire Messud brings to life a city, a generation, and the way we live in this moment.

More specifically, the book is about spoiled 20-somethings not getting quite what they want out of their privileged lives.  Which is actually the kind of stuff I like to see examined, if not for the cringe-worthiness of it all.  Baumbach is excellent at getting inside these characters, perhaps Bell’s compassionate eye will render this film a bit warmer than something like Greenberg(which I loved anyway).

August 27, 2014
New TV spot arrives for Interstellar: watch no

Warner Bros. has released a new TV spot to promote Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, in which Matthew McConaughey leads a team of astronauts on an Earth-saving mission to space.

Saving humanity from extinction is the name of the game, so stakes are suitably high for what looks like another grandstanding piece of filmmaking from Nolan. Expect goosebumps aplenty…

This latest spot doesn’t contain much in the way of new footage, but as a sixty-second adrenaline hit, it works very nicely indeed.

Take a look at the new spot, below…

Certainly looks like one that might be worth finding the extra few pounds to go and watch in an IMAX screen, doesn’t it? Even on a laptop, it feels suitably epic…

Directed by Nolan and co-starring Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Casey Affleck, Interstellar will open in the UK on 7 November 2014.

August 26, 2014
Ridley Scott updates on Blade Runner and Prometheus sequels

Ridley Scott has been discussing progress on sci-fi sequels to Blade Runner and Prometheus, and has revealed that both projects are further along than might be expected.

Blade Runner 2 is written and is damn good,” says Scott. “Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years - despite the accident. So yes, that will happen.”

Scott went on to confirm that the plan is for him to direct the film, and that he hopes to begin work on the film as soon as he is done with next project,The Martian.

As to whether he will also direct Prometheus 2, it could be an issue that comes down to scheduling. “That’s the problem,” he admits. “I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row. But they’re all written.”

We wouldn’t be surprised to see him hand over the directorial reins to somebody else for Prometheus 2, but the good news is that with both films written, we should see another Scott-influenced sci-fi sooner rather than later…

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