Sunday, 24 September 2017

New trailer and one sheet for Wes Anderson's Isle Of Dogs arrives online

Fox Searchlight have just released their latest trailer and one sheet for Wes Anderson's Isle Of Dogs.

Eight years after Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Wes Anderson has returned to the world of beautifully composed stop- motion for his latest movie, Isle Of Dogs.

Isle Of Dogs is set 20 years in the future, and sees Japan facing a serious overcrowding problem... From canines. The corrupt mayor of Megasaki City, Kobayashi, orders that all the pooch pets are exiled to a massive rubbish dump known as Trash Island.

 But while the dogs try to make the best of their situation and work out how to get home, a young lad named Atari (Koyu Rankin) arrives, seeking his snatched bodyguard hound Spot. With the help of a new found pack of mongrel friends, he sets off on an epic journey that will have ramifications for everyone, human or canine.

The film, which boasts a voice cast teeming with talent including Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Edward Norton (The Illusionist), Jeff Goldblum (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Scarlett Johansson (Lucy), Liev Schreiber (Spotlight), Courtney B. Vance (Terminator Genisys) and Ken Watanabe (Godzilla), will be out in the UK on 30 March next year.

M Night Shyamalan adds Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard to Glass

More details are starting to emerge about M. Night Shyamalan's next film, Glass, which – spoiler alert for those who still might not be aware – will serve as a sequel to both Unbreakable (2000) and this year's Split. Now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that two of the original actors from the former – Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, are joining the cast.

Glass will see Bruce Willis' David Dunn returning from Unbreakable, this time using his skills to pursue Split's Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a man with multiple personalities including a dangerous creature known as The Beast. Manipulating things from behind the scenes is Samuel L. Jackson's Mr. Glass, who at the end of Unbreakable was revealed to be a villain causing chaos, and who has secrets about both of them.

Clark played Joseph Dunn in Unbreakable, while Woodard was Elijah Glass' mother. The cast also includes Split's Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy), who was the sole survivor of an encounter with The Beast and posses abilities of her own. And then there is Sarah Paulson (Carol), who will be playing a new, unknown character.

The new film, backed, like Split, by Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures, will be out in the UK on 18 January.

New trailer for Kenneth Branagh's Murder On The Orient Express arrives online

20th Century Fox have just released their latest trailer for Kenneth Branagh's (Cinderella) Murder On The Orient Express.

Adapted for the screen by Michael Green (Green Lantern), Branagh's take on the tale of Agatha Christie's famed detective Hercule Poirot (with the director nabbing the role of the detective himself) investigating a murder aboard the titular train boasts a star studded cast of screen legends and rising stars – all of whom become suspects when a passenger, a charming 'businessman', played by Johnny Depp (Alice In Wonderland), is murdered on the luxury train.

That cast includes Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Judi Dench (Skyfall), Olivia Colman, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer (Dark Shadows), Michael Peña (Ant-Man), Derek Jacobi (Anonymous), Tom Bateman (Creditors), Lucy Boynton (Sing Street), Hamilton alumnus Leslie Odom Jr. Kenzari and Penelope Cruz. With the train stopped and snowed in, the hunt is on to find the killer before they can strike again...

While Branagh is competing with the various film and television adaptations of the story, he is certainly no slouch in the filmmaking department and that cast really is an impressive line-up.

Murder On The Orient Express will be with us on 4 November.

New trailer and one sheet for Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle arrives online

Sony Pictures have just released their latest trailer and one sheet for Jake Kasdan's (Bad Teacher) Jumanji (1995) reboot, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle finds four teens in trouble at school for various minor infractions. Assigned to clear out a junk strewn basement, they stumble upon a video game version of Jumanji and give it a go, only to find themselves transported into the jungle environs as their avatars.

Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas) ramps up his usual blend of action cockiness and comic vulnerability to play Dr. Smolder Bravestone, with Karen Gillan (Guardians Of The Galaxy) as Lara Croft inspired avatar Ruby Roundhouse, Kevin Hart (Ride Along) as Moose Finbar and Jack Black (School Of Rock) as Professor Shelly Oberon). Together, they'll have to learn to survive...

It would appear to be an interesting tweak on adapting Chris Van Allsburg's book, first brought to life in Joe Johnston's original film. Part re-working, part sequel, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle will need to prove it can offer something truly fresh, but does look like it could be fun.

With Alex Wolff (The Sitter), Madison Iseman (Tales Of Halloween) and Ser'Darius Blain (Star Trek Into Darkness) also in the cast Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle will arrive in cinemas on 26 December.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Gal Gadot set to join Bradley Cooper in Deeper

With David Ayer's (Suicide Squad) Bright already on the way from Netflix this year, another high profile Max Landis script, Deeper, got some attention last year, scoring Bradley Cooper to star. Now news arrives via Deadline that Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) is now in talks to join him.

Kornel Mundruczo (White God) is attached to direct the film, which finds Cooper as a disgraced former astronaut who uses his extreme conditions training on a new mission – diving down into a newly discovered trench, which is believed to be the new deepest point on Earth.

There, he encounters mysterious forces and faces a physical and psychological clash. We don't yet know what role Gadot will play if she does sign on to the film, but MGM Studios are backing the thriller.

Gadot will be back on our screens this November as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in Justice League and has signed for more DC Extended Universe duty with the solo Wonder Woman sequel, the other Justice League release and Flashpoint, the Flash movie starring Ezra Miller (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower).

"This is a story about what makes us different and about having the courage to find the place where we belong."

Amazon Studios have just released their latest trailer and one sheet for Todd Haynes' (Carol) Wonderstruck.

Back with a new film for the first time since Carol (2015), Todd Haynes is sticking with period drama for his latest, Wonderstruck.

Based on The The Invention Of Hugo Cabret writer Brian Selznick's critically acclaimed novel (and adapted by the novelist himself), the story charts the experiences of Ben and Rose, children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing...

Haynes has assembled quite the cast for this one, including the likes of veteran collaborator Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven) plus Millicent Simmonds, James Urbaniak (American Splendor), Oakes Fegley (Pete's Dragon) and Tom Noonan (Heat).

Wonderstruck will premiere in the UK at the BFI London Film Festival on 5 October, but there is no sign yet of an official general release here. US audiences, meanwhile, can see the film from 20 October.

Linda Hamilton set to return to the Terminator franchise

James Cameron is committed to bringing back the Terminator franchise, and, with Arnold Schwarzenegger already aboard, he is adding another key element. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Linda Hamilton will be reprising her role as Sarah Connor.

Speaking at an event celebrating his first two Terminator movies, he announced that Sarah Connor will, to quote one of the franchise's slightly well known lines, be back. "As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it's going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she's become return."

And it is part of his aim to bring a little gender parity to older action stars. "There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys," he said, "but there isn't an example of that for women."

Tim Miller (Deadpool) is directing the new movie, which Cameron has created a story for, handing the script chores to one of Hollywood's favourite current stalwarts, a TV style writers' room that included David Goyer (Man Of Steel) and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). While the story details are still being closely guarded, the plan is for the new movie to serve as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), helpfully removing the other movies from the canon, and introducing some new characters to handle the story going forward for a potential fresh trilogy. "We're starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story," Cameron said. "We still fold time. We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters but we'll have Arnold and Linda's characters to anchor it." As always, watch this space.

"Close the tomb once and for all. The fate of humanity is in your hands."

Warner Bros have just released their first trailer and one sheet for Roar Uthaug's (The Wave) Tomb Raider.

Aiming to bring a new energy to the adaptation of the Tomb Raider games, the reboot finds Alicia Vikander as a young Lara Croft struggling to find her place in the world. Seven years after her adventurous father (Dominic West) disappears, 21-year-old Lara is refusing to inherit his business empire, choosing instead to attend college while tiding herself over working as a bike courier. Eventually, she is inspired to investigate what happened to him, and kicks off her search at his last known location, a tomb on an island off the coast of Japan

With Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight), Daniel Wu (Warcraft: The Beginning) and Alexandre Willaume (Home Fires) also in the cast, Tomb Raider will be out on 16 March next year.

Director Taika Waititi circling Akira live action remake

The live action adaption of classic manga and  animé Akira is one of those white whales that Hollywood – and in particular Warner Bros – has been hunting for years, burning through writers, casting choices and potential directors but never quite made it into production. But now news arrives via Deadline that the studio is making a fresh start is currently in negotiations with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.

While the director of Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016) may seem like an odd choice for Akira, eyebrows were raised when he took on the latest Thor movie and that appears to be turning out just fine. And though Akira seems like an even darker story, with its dystopian cyberpunk themes and grand scale action, Waititi has proved that he knows how to dig for the humanity of movies big and small. He will need it for the tale of Tetsuo, whose government experiment boosted psychic powers threaten everything, and best pal Kaneda, the biker who has to find a way to help him.

According to Deadline, the plan is still officially to make two movies, which would each adapt three books from Katsuhiro Otomo's six volume graphic novel. In its long, painful development history, Akira has attracted the likes of Steve Kloves (Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone), Keanu Reeves (John Wick), Albert Hughes (From Hell), Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Michael Pitt (Seven Psychopaths) and Ruairi Robinson (The Last Days On Mars). Leonardo DiCaprio's (The Revenant) Appian Way company remains attached to produce, and now we start waiting again to see if it actually happens this time.

Waititi, meanwhile, is looking smaller for his next projects, including World War II dramatic comedy Jojo Rabbit and animated feature Bubbles. As for Thor: Ragnarok, that arrives on 24 October in the UK.

Matt Damonset to star in Charlatan

Matt Damon (The Martian) has played a few characters based on real life people in his time, and he has also proven himself capable of bringing comedy to the screen. He will get the chance to do both in a new indie project, with news arriving via Variety that he is set to star as a doctor making false promises in Charlatan.

Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Runner Runner) have been at work adapting Pope Brock's non-fiction bestseller Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, The Man Who Pursued Him, And The Age Of Flimflam. It will chronicle how doctor John R. Brinkley set up a clinic in Kansas in 1918 with wild promises of curing male impotence, among other issues. His seemingly miracle cure? A surgery involving implanting goat testicles into his patients. The idea made him rich, until he was accused in court of the death of several clients following botched procedures.

There is no director attached yet, and the film already has some potential competition – Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and his company are developing a take on the tale based on the Man Of The People episode of the podcast Reply All. 

Damon has Suburbicon arriving in cinemas on 24 November and will be seen in Alexander Payne's (The Descendants) Downsizing, due 19 January.

"I don't just want to survive, I want to truly live."

STX Entertainment International have just released their first trailer and new one sheet for Andy Serkis' (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) directorial feature debut Breathe.

Andy Serkis has been working on different films for a while – while he has been crafting a new take on The Jungle Book, his full length directorial debut will be Breathe, starring Claire Foy (The Crown) and Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge).

Based on the inspiring true story of producer (and Serkis' Imaginarium Studios partner) Jonathan Cavendish's parents, Breathe finds Garfield as Robin Cavendish, a polio sufferer who not only survived the illness (and life on a respirator) but flourished thanks to his indomitable spirit and that of his wife, Diana Blacker (Foy).

Cavendish was initially diagnosed with polio at 28 and given only three months to live yet went on to raise money for charity, test out pioneering new equipment and champion the cause of the disabled. All while paralysed from the neck down.

Hugh Bonneville (Paddington), Dean-Charles Chapman (Before I Go To Sleep) and Tom Hollander (About Time) are also part of the cast, while William Nicholson (Gladiator) wrote the script, and Breathe will be in UK cinemas from 27 October.

Elisabeth Moss set for Call Jane

She has been doing a lot of work on TV recently, but fresh from scoring an Emmy award for her role on The Handmaid's Tale, Elisabeth Moss has nabbed a new film lead. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that she will star in women's rights drama Call Jane.

Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) is set to direct, working from the script by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi (Code Black). Call Jane is set in the 1960s and chronicles the true story of an underground network of women who provide safe abortions in the era before the landmark legal decision Roe V. Wade made the practice legal. Moss will be the titular Jane, a married woman who falls unexpectedly pregnant and discovers the network.

"This script is commercial and entertaining, but it's also really relevant to what is going on with the world today," producer Robbie Brenner tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Women's rights are important and no one should have the right to control a woman's body. And that such an idea can be challenged today and that we can go back in time on these issues is scary."

The aim is to kick off shooting the drama early next year. Moss will also be seen in The Square, due in cinemas 16 March next year and David Lowery's (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) Old Man And The Gun, which has yet to secure a UK release date.

Judi Dench set to join Artemis Fowl

Judi Dench (Skyfall) and Kenneth Branagh (Cinderella) have been working together a lot lately, both on the stage and screen. They are aiming to keep that professional relationship going, with news arriving via Variety that Dench is in talks for Branagh's new live action adaptation of Artemis Fowl.

Finally emerging from development limbo – an adaption of Eoin Colfer's first book in his series has been in the works since 2001 – the film took a considerable leap forward when Branagh came aboard as director.

The Fowl series, which began with the eponymous tome in 2001 and has continued through seven successive books, follows Artemis Fowl II. A young criminal mastermind with serious parental issues, our villainous hero (who slowly edges more towards the fully heroic type in future books) uses his genius and guile in a search for his dad. He also plots to extort gold from the fairy folk through a kidnapping scheme, which slaps a great big target on his back courtesy of some of the most dangerous creatures around. But his misadventures do help shape him into the man he will become.

Playwright Conor McPherson is on script duty and Walt Disney Pictures recently announced that the film will be out in the US on 9 August 2019. Dench is currently on our screens in Victoria & Abdul and is part of Branagh's Murder On The Orient Express, which arrives in cinemas on 3 November.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Hugh Jackman offers a first look at his Front Runner role

Jason Reitman had a lot of fun in a politics adjacent arena with Thank You For Smoking (2005). He is jumping fully into the political side of things with his latest, The Front Runner, which has just started shooting. Now the star of the movie, Hugh Jackman (Logan), has taken to twitter to debut our first look at his role.

Front Runner finds Jackman as real life US politician Gary Hart, who was part of a fascinating, controversial story. Hart, a charismatic senator from Colorado, became the Democratic frontrunner for the presidential nomination in 1988, and all seemed to be going well until a political and personal landmine detonated, with news breaking that he had had an affair, and he dropped out of the race. The rest of the story saw Michael Dukakis scoring the nomination and losing to George H. W. Bush.

Reitman wrote the script alongside political journalist Matt Bai and former Hilary Clinton press secretary Jay Carson, adapting Bai's 2015 book All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid. The focus, besides the story, will be on how the scandal opened up a fresh vein in American politics and the media, with personal stories once more becoming fair game.

The cast for the film also includes J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Vera Farmiga – who scored an Academy Award® nomination for the director's Up In The Air (2009) – Mamoudou Athie (The Get Down), Josh Brener (The Internship), Sarah Paxton (The Innkeepers), Ari Graynor (Mystic River) and Tommy Dewey (The Escort). As of right now, there is no official release date for the movie.

Jamie Lee Curtis set to return for the new Halloween

She has been back in the franchise before, but Jamie Lee Curtis is looking to have one final encounter with Michael Myers, returning as Laurie Strode for the new sequel to Halloween (1978).

Billed by Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures as the 'final' Halloween, the new horror comes from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), who wrote the script alongside Danny McBride (Your Highness). The original film's writer and director John Carpenter is aboard as executive producer and will also offer his deep knowledge of Myers and Strode as a consultant.

Little else is known about what Green and McBride aim to do with the movie, though McBride has promised that it won't be a comedy horror or reboot and aims to bring the scares. Curtis' Strode will once again be facing the killer who nearly ended her life decades ago. The latest movie has a US release date set for 19 October next year, and it will likely be out around the same time in the UK.