Thursday, 17 August 2017

New trailer for Michael Winterbottom's On The Road arrives online

Lorton Entertainment have just released their first trailer for Michael Winterbottom's (9 Songs) On The Road.

Michael Winterbottom has a history of blending music with drama, and mixing real life conversations into fictional films. His latest, On The Road, has the feel of both an on tour music documentary and a love story.

One strand of On The Road's story follows North London rock four-piece Wolf Alice as they take to the streets of the UK to promote their debut album, My Love Is Cool, for the last time. Driving from city to city, playing 16 venues in three weeks, the band are joined by Estelle (Leah Harvey), an intern with the band's record company, who will be helping the band with their promotional duties, accompanying them as they visit local radio stations and give interviews to the press. Estelle strikes up a relationship with Joe (James McCardle), a member of the band's road crew, and through their eyes, we see both the magic and monotony of life on the road, giving us a glimpse behind the scenes of a passionate young rock band in their searing prime.

The film has won praise at a variety of film festivals, including London, and certainly arrives with some healthy buzz. It will be out in the UK on 29 September.

Sasha Lane joins the new Hellboy

With a hero, a villain and a mentor now in place, the new Hellboy movie – named either simply after the hero or with the subtitle Rise Of The Blood Queen, depending on which report you read – now has someone else for the demonic central character to interact with, as word arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Sasha Lane (American Honey) will play Alice Monaghan.

Torn from the pages of Mike Mignola's comicbooks, Alice is a young woman who was kidnapped by fairies to raise as their own after they discovered they could no longer have children. Hellboy rescued her and she had lingering supernatural abilities following her time with the fae folk. How much of that backstory and the exact nature of her relationship will be in the movie with Hellboy himself (played this time out by Stranger Things' David Harbour) is still unknown.

She joins a cast that already boasts Ian McShane (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Hellboy's adoptive father, Professor Broom and Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element), who is playing the big threat, medieval sorceress and Blood Queen Nimue, looking to destroy the world.

Neil Marshall (The Descent) is directing the movie, aiming to kick off shooting next month in Bulgaria and the UK.

St. Vincent looking to adapt The Picture Of Dorian Gray

She has already shown her abilities as a rock multi-instrumentalist under the musical pseudonym St. Vincent, but now Annie Clark has her eye on an interesting movie project. News arrives via Variety that she is looking to adapt Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture Of Dorian Gray with a female lead.

Lionsgate are backing this one, kicking off the development process by hiring Elle (2016) writer David Birke to work on the script. The story of Dorian Gray features a Victorian hedonist who never seems to age or suffer the ill-effects of his lifestyle. His secret? A self-portrait stashed in the attic that ages while he stays the same.

While Wilde's book – his only novel in amongst his varied writings – has been adapted several times before for the screen, this adaption is set to twist the tale by exploring the expectations of female beauty.

This won't be the first time that Clark has stepped behind the camera, as she contributed the segment Birthday Party to female driven horror anthology XX, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

New trailer for The Killing Of A Sacred Deer arrives online

A24 Films have just released their first trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos' (The Lobster) The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.

With Lanthimos once again sharing script chores with co-writer Efthymis Filippou, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer finds Lobster (2015) star Colin Farrell as Steven, a charismatic surgeon faced with making an unthinkable sacrifice after his life falls apart. It is all due to him taking a teenage boy under his wing, as the youngster's behaviour turns sinister. It is probably best to go into this one not knowing that much more, since Lanthimos' work usually derives its power from the slow discovery of the story.

With Nicole Kidman (Stoker), Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), Barry Keoghan ('71), Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland) and Bill Camp (12 Years A Slave) also in the cast, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer will arrive in UK cinemas on 17 November.

Channing Tatum set to star in Bloodlines

Aiming to keep working on as many interesting projects as he can, Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) is now attached to star in and produce another film, this time based on a true story of drug dealers, race horses and the FBI, with news arriving via Deadline that he is set to join Bloodlines.

Universal Pictures have bought the rights to Melissa Del Bosque's upcoming book, which is subtitled The True Story Of A Drug Cartel, The FBI, And The Battle For A Horse-Racing Dynasty. It follows the real life tale of rookie FBI agent Scott Lawson after he was assigned to the seemingly quite town of Loredo, Texas. His job mostly consists of generating reports about the drug war, which doesn't exactly seem stimulating until he is tipped off about a horse sold for a record price at an Oklahoma auction. The reason for the interest is the buyer – Miguel Trevino, one of the leaders of brutal Mexican cartel the Zetas. With a much more dangerous potential case on his hands, Lawson teamed up with more experienced colleague Alma Perez, and they discovered the chance to infiltrate as it laundered drug money through American quarter horse racing.

Jonathan Herman, who worked on Straight Outta Compton (2015), is on board to write the adaptation, and we will see how this one makes its way through the usual tricky development territory.

Tatum is back on our screens with Logan Lucky next week and is part of the cast for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, due on 20 September.

Ron Howard offers another Han Solo Star Wars standalone tease

While the focus of the Han Solo Star Wars standalone will naturally be on the early days of the scruffy looking smuggler, there are just some things you can't escape in that galaxy far, far away. And one of those is the creeping influence of the Empire. Ron Howard (Rush), who is directing the Solo movie, has just hinted at that with a new tweet from the set.

The image, of course, is of that of an Imperial helmet, one worn by soldiers on the Death Star. Will the battle station feature in the film? If it does at all, it is more likely to be a background point, since Solo didn't have experience of the giant construct until after meeting Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi in the original Wars.

But he did know a thing or two about outwitting the Empire, so perhaps this is more a nod to Star Destroyers and other forces. We will find out when the movie, which Howard took over directing this year, arrives on 25 May next year.

Before that though, we have Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting our screens. And the director of that film, Rian Johnson (Looper), stopped by The Star Wars Show to talk about his work. Well, mostly he talks with Hamilton stage director Thomas Kail, but it is a fun chat nonetheless.

Alan Arkin joins Tim Burton's Dumbo

While we learned the names of most of the cast for Tim Burton's (Alice In Wonderland) new, live action take on Dumbo (1941) when Disney sent a video of the director talking about the film starting shooting to last month's D23 event, there is someone else to add to the list. News arrives via Variety that Alan Arkin (Argo) is set to join them.

Dumbo introduces Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt's children (Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins) discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton) and an aerial artist named Colette Marchant (Eva Green) swoop in to make the peculiar pachyderm a star.

Arkin is on board to play J. Griffin Remington, a Wall Street tycoon, who we assume will be a backer for Vandevere. His new gig in a weird coincidence given that we last saw him trying to rob a bank in Going In Style.

The new Dumbo is scheduled for 29 March 2019.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

New Papillon remake images arrive online

While we are sure that there are those of you who feel a remake of the prison break drama Papillon (1973) is somewhat unnecessary, director Michael Noer (Northwest) is planning to re-work the idea and make something that feels fresh. Now, with the Toronto International Film Festival arriving next month, GEM Entertainment have released our first look at the film, featuring Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) and Rami Malek (Mr. Robot).

With a script from Prisoners (2013) writer Aaron Guzikowski, the film is once again based on the memoir of Henri 'Papillon' Charriere, played in the original by Steve McQueen and here by Hunnam. It tells the story of his life as a petty criminal in 1930s France who is unjustly convicted of murder and sent packing to a penal colony that has a bad reputation for violence and corruption.

It is there that Charriere meets the nerdy but wealthy Louis Dega – originally played by Dustin Hoffman and by Malek here – who in return for protection agrees to fund his friend's prison escape.

With Eve Hewson (Bridge Of Spies), Ian Beattie (Alexander) and Tommy Flanagan (Gladiator) also in the cast, we will find out how the new one is received when it debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival. There is no sign of UK release date as yet.

"I'm molly bloom. Do you know about me?"

STX Entertainment have just released their first trailer for Aaron Sorkin's (Steve Jobs) directorial debut Molly's Game.

With the likes of Jessica Chastain (The Martian), Idris Elba (Prometheus) and Kevin Costner (Man Of Steel) in front of the camera and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin making his directorial debut on the other side of it, it is fair to say that Molly's Game is an anticipated movie.

Molly's Game, subtitled From Hollywood's Elite To Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure In The World Of Underground Poker, is the memoir of Molly Bloom, whose story is a fascinating one. A world-class skier since she could walk, she became a nationally ranked business mogul at 21 while still excelling in college. She just missed out on joining the Olympic team upon graduating and took a year off to live in Los Angeles, choosing the unlikely path of waitressing. Thanks to her business acumen, she ended up making millions by running the world's most exclusive high stakes poker game for eight years before the FBI came calling. The reason? Unbeknownst to her, some of her players had ties to the Russian mob.

Elba plays the defence lawyer who learned that there was more to her than the tabloid tales would lead anyone to believe.

With Chris O'Dowd (Calvary), Michael Cera (Juno) and Brian D'Arcy James (Game Change) also in the cast, Molly's Game will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival before arriving in the UK on 29 December.

Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond

After months of speculation and misinformation, we finally have an official, unequivocal, definitive answer – Daniel Craig will return as James Bond, for a fifth film.

Craig – currently doing the press rounds for Logan Lucky, in which he plays a bleached haired redneck convict – had by his own admission been "quite cagey" about his future as 007. But in an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Craig settled the feverish tabloid debate once and for all.

He told Colbert that he had known the news for a couple of months, but held out with an official announcement for some time. He hinted, however, that the next Bond movie – his fifth in the role, and the 25th in the series overall – would likely be his last. "I think this is it," he told Colbert. "I just want to go out on a high note and I can't wait."

Eon, the production company which own the screen rights to Ian Fleming's famous MI6 spy, announced last month that the next James Bond film would arrive in 2019, but that press release made no mention of who would be stepping into the tuxedo.

There is still no word on who will direct the new movie. Sam Mendes, who directed both Skyfall (2012) and SPECTRE (2015), won't be back, and there is reportedly a director shortlist that includes Yann Demange ('71), David Mackenzie (Hell Or High Water) and Denis Villeneuve (Sicario).

Filming is likely to begin at some point in 2018, aiming towards the announced US release date of 8 November 2019, arriving a couple of weeks earlier than the UK.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

First trailer for Sean Baker's The Florida Project arrives online

A21 Films have just released their first trailer for Sean Baker's (Tangerine) The Florida Project.

Director Sean Baker broke through in a big way with Tangerine (2015), shot entirely on an iPhone, the slice of Los Angeles life drama won numerous awards. And his follow-up, The Florida Project, seems to be on a similar trajectory after debuting at Cannes Film Festival to positive reviews earlier this year.

The film is set on a stretch of highway outside Disney World, where a budget motel known as The Magic Castle squats unceremoniously. There, six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) spends her days with her best friend Jancey and lives a life that, while it may not be perfect, is fun and involving.

With her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) doing her best to raise her, Moonee also has an unexpected friend in Bobby (Willem Dafoe), who does his best to help out, even as Halley explores more dangerous possibilities to provide for her.

The Florida Project will be out in the US on 6 October before heading to the UK on 12 January next year.

New one sheet for Mother! arrives online

Paramount Pictures have just released their latest one sheet for Darren Aronofsky's (Black Swan) Mother!

So far, the marketing material for Aronofsky's latest, Mother! have leaned towards the weird and unsettling. And that feeling continues with the latest poster, which shows some serious cracks opening up between Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall).

Aronofsky's first film in three years sees him back in the psychological thriller territory that won Black Swan (2010) such plaudits. Lawrence and Bardem play a couple who move into a new house, only for some uninvited guests (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) to disrupt their tranquillity. If the trailer is anything to go by, what happens next is a web of dark, mysterious and occasionally sexy horror, as their peaceful existence evaporates.

With Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), Brian Gleeson (Snow White And The Huntsman), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Stephen McHattie (The Watchmen) also in the cast, the film is so far shrouded in much unnerving mystery, which is certainly a good thing.

Mother! arrives in UK cinemas on 15 September.

Anya Taylor-Joy in talks for Robert Eggers' Nosferatu remake

Anya Taylor-Joy was the breakout star of The Witch (2015) and has gone on to a variety of roles since, including the rather brilliant Split (2016) and Morgan (2016). Now news arrives via Variety that she is currently in talks to reunite with her The Witch director, Robert Eggers, for his new take on silent horror classic Nosferatu (1922).

Eggers is writing and directing the film, which is being kept mostly under wraps for now. But it will spin its own version of the story of Count Graf Orlok of Transylvania, who is looking to buy a house in Germany and becomes enamored with the wife of real estate agent Thomas Hutter.

You can assume Taylor-Joy will play the wife, but nothing has been officially announced. Eggers has been working on this one for a while, but it is still a ways away from happening. Particularly since Taylor-Joy's schedule is a busy one – she is currently shooting X-Men spin-off New Mutants and will also appear in her Split director M. Night Shyamalan's Glass.

Geneva Robertson-Dworet set to take over Captain Marvel script

As is often the case on major films, even in the well oiled Marvel Studios machine, there is a change being made in the writers' room for Captain Marvel. News arrives via Deadline that Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who penned the new Tomb Raider, will taking over scripting duties.

Captain Marvel, which has Brie Larson (Room) playing the titular hero, will offer an origin story for Carol Danvers, a skilled test pilot whose DNA is melded with that of Kree warrior Mar-Vell. Subsequently, she gains powers such as flight, enhanced strength, damage resistance and the ability to absorb and re-channel energy. We learned recently at the San Diego Comic Con that the film will be set in the 1990s, will feature Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and will see her battling the cosmic threat known as the Skrulls.

Nicole Perlman (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) were reportedly at work on the script, but their schedules have become increasingly busy – LeFauve, for one, is co-directing Gigantic for Walt Disney Feature Animation.

So now Robertson-Dworet, who has worked on a variety of projects still bubbling away in development, will liaise with directors Anna Boden (It's Kind of a Funny Story) and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson) on the Marvel movie, which is taking aim at an 8 March 2019 release.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

New look at Ready Player One arrives online

Empire magazine have just revealed our latest look at Steven Spielberg (Bridge Of Spies) at Ready Player One, featuring Tye Sheridan (Mud) and Olivia Cooke (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) as Art3mis, also known as Samantha Evelyn Cook.

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Adapted from Ernest Cline's book, Ready Player One is set in a world where millions across the planet interact in a virtual space known as Oasis, in which you can be anything you want to be. For Teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan), it is a way to escape his tough life, inside Oasis he uses the avatar Parzival. When the original co-creator of Oasis James Donovan Halliday (Mark Rylance) dies, the Steve Jobs style billionaire offers his fortune and control of Oasis to anyone who can complete an elaborate treasure hunt. Wade naturally starts questing, joined by fellow player Samantha Cook, also known as Art3mis (Cooke) and threatened by the corporate types looking to ensure they take control. They are represented by the nefarious Nolan Sorrento, played by Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly). Also aboard is Simon Pegg (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Ogden "Og" Morrow, Halliday's former colleague and one of the other brains behind Oasis.

Speaking to Empire, Cooke said that her experience was something approaching a virtual dream come true. "It felt like pure adventure," explains the Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015) star. "It was Willy Wonka, it was Indiana Jones. When you're a kid wanting to be an actor, the idea of working with [Spielberg] sounds absurd. It was surreal."

Ready Player One will upload into cinemas from 30 March 2018.