Sunday, 29 June 2014

Teaser trailer for The Guest arrives online

Following critical acclaim at this years Sundance Film Festival, Picturehouse and Icon Pictures have just released their first teaser trailer for Adam Wingard's (You're Next) The Guest.





Dan Stevens – in a role a world away from the good natured Matthew Crawley of Downton Abbey – is David, a soldier who shows up at the home of the Peterson family claiming to be a friend of their late son who died in action. Initially offered a warm welcome, things quickly start to go wrong.
Though David initially appears to be charming and friendly, a series of unexplained, apparently accidental deaths start happening, and he seems to be connected to all of them.

Crafted by Wingard and regular collaborator Simon Barrett (V/H/S), The Guest also features Maika Monroe (The Bling Ring), Leland Orser (Taken), Sheila Kelley (Matchstick Men), Brendan Meyer (Tooth Fairy) and Lance Reddick (White House Down), and will arrive in UK cinemas on 5 September via Icon Pictures and is set for the same month from Picturehouse in the US.




First official stills from Mad Max: Fury Road arrive online

After what seems like a decade in the rumour void and at least two of years of production, delays, re-shoots and finally the announcement of a release date, a set of official stills have at last arrived for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.




















The Mad Max reboot – which finds Tom Hardy (Lawless) taking over the iconic role from Mel Gibson for a new interpretation – promises a return to the stark, post-apocalyptic wasteland where society has long since broken down and lawlessness rules.

But in this world of blood, fire and death there are two rebels who might just be able to restore order. Max is still seeking peace of mind after the deaths of his wife and child, and now battles bad guys wherever he finds them. Then there is Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a shaven-headed woman of action who is trying to survive a long, gruelling trip across the desert to reach her homeland. Along the way, we'll be treated to what Miller has described as one long chase scene, full of action and madness. Arguably the very foundations for a Mad Max outing.

From the looks of the images, Miller has certainly delivered on the weirdness, including Charlize Theron's (Prometheus) buzz cut and Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) looking almost unrecognizable as Nux.

With Riley Keough (The Runaways), Zoë Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Sleeping Beauty), Nathan Jones (Conan The Barbarian), Abbey Lee Kershaw and Courtney Eaton in the cast, Mad Max: Fury Road is out on 15 May next year.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

"If you think it can't get worse, it can and it will."

Sony Pictures have just released their first trailer and one sheet for David Ayer's (End Of Watch) Fury, which features Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds) as the commander of a hulking war machine.





Despite their importance in war during the 20th century, there have been fewer films about tanks than you might expect. Ultimately how do you make a small group of men in a tin seem exciting? The key, if this is representative, seems to be not claustrophobia but rather seriously stacked odds.

Pitt's Sergeant 'Wardaddy' Collier is the tank commander on a mission behind enemy lines. He has kept his crew alive through the War, but in the final push into Germany things are about to get tougher. Logan Lerman's (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) the new guy just assigned to the crew, and it looks from this like he is going to have to overcome an entirely natural reluctance to blow people away as the tank trundles on.

We're promised a very honest look at this particular, tight-knit tank unit, which also includes Shia LaBeouf (Lawless), Michael Peña (End Of Watch), Scott Eastwood (Gran Torino), Jon Bernthal (The Ghost), Jason Isaacs (Green Zone) and Xavier Samuel (Anonymous). Outmanned and outgunned behind enemy lines, the pressure on this makeshift family is intense.




Fury trundles onto our screens on 24 October.

Shane Black heading back to the jungle for Predator sequel

While The Hollywood Reporter announced this week that Shane Black was in talks to spearhead a Predator reboot for 20th Century Fox, the gang at Collider reached out to Black, who then clarified that the reboot will in fact be an "inventive sequel".





"As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway. Why start over, when you've all this rich mythology yet to mine? I like the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button."

Black, who gave his career a boost by co-writing and directing Iron Man 3 last year, has since been attached to several projects. But it appears that Fox have approached him to work on a new Predator at the same time. The writer/director will figure out a treatment for the new film, but is then handing script duties over to old friend and Monster Squad (1987) collaborator Fred Dekker.

Predator and Black go back a long way. When the 1986 original was still in development, he was a hotshot writer with Monster Squad and, more importantly, Lethal Weapon (1987) under his belt. The studio asked him to re-write the script more than once, a request he refused. He was then offered the small role of Hawkins in the film, which he agreed to take, but still refused to work on the screenplay.

Black is also working on noir feature The Nice Guys and is still developing a film based on 1930s pulp adventurer Doc Savage, so Predator may have to wait a while.

New trailer and character one sheets for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrive online

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies have just released their latest trailer and character one sheets for Jonathan Liebesman's (Wrath Of The Titans) cinematic take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.













As we pretty much already knew, the final versions of the Turtles are more gnarly and more monstrous than we're used to, although the trailers now make it clear that the flip personalities remain the same. Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines, Michelangelo is a party dude, while Raphael is cool but crude.

The Turtles, brought to life this time via performance capture (as will their rat mentor, Splinter), will go through the motions of their origin story once again, albeit with some tweaks to the familiar story. Exactly what those are have yet to be disclosed, but we do know that their background is tied more closely to the scheming businessman played by William Fichtner (The Lone Ranger), who takes on the guise of Turtle nemesis Shredder. Also involved is plucky reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) who becomes a staunch ally of our pizza loving heroes in a half-shell, despite early reservations based on their looks. If the recent promotional material is anything to go by, she might not be the only one...

With Michael Bay (Transformers) as Executive Producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also features Johnny Knoxville (The Last Stand), Tony Shalhoub (Pain & Gain), Abby Elliot (No Strings Attached), K. Todd Freeman (The Dark Knight), Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Pete Ploszek (Shameless), Jeremy Howard (Accepted), Noel Fisher (Battles Los Angeles), Will Arnett (Jonah Hex) and Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act).





Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrives here on 17 October.

New trailer for God's Pocket arrives online

Arrow Films have released their latest trailer for John Slattery's (Mad Men) debut feature God's Pocket.





Named after the Philadelphia neighbourhood in which it's set, God's Pocket is a blackly comic character piece that stars Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) in a part reminiscent of the rumpled, flawed roles that made him great.

Based on a novel by Peter Dexter, writer of The Paperboy, God's Pocket follows Mickey Scarpato (Hoffman), a blue-collar Philly con whose stepson has died in a construction accident. And when they say accident, they actually mean "accident". Something clearly rings false and his wife (Christina Hendricks) is determined that he gets to the bottom of it.

Richard Jenkins (Jack Reacher), John Turturro (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon) and Eddie Marsan (Filth) round out the cast in the gnarly crime caper that unfolds. The reviews from the US have been mixed, but you can weigh it up for yourself on 8 August when God's Pocket makes its UK bow.




New stills of Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game arrive online

Early word from test screenings of The Imitation Game suggest that the Alan Turing codebreaking drama will offer one of Benedict Cumberbatch's (Star Trek Into Darkness) strongest performances to date. At the very least, it should erase memories of a certain other intel biopic and bring cinematic redress to one of Britain's most unfairly treated heroes. At best, the Oscars could be calling...








These new stills from the latest issue of Empire Magazine show Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a mathematician who turned wartime codebreaker and brought his skills to bear cracking the German Enigma code. Alongside him (left) is Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones) as Commander Alastair Denniston, a fellow decrypter, who helped Turing spearhead Britain's efforts to break the Nazi code. Lurking, fittingly, in the shadows is Mark Strong (Welcome To The Punch) who plays legendary MI6/SIS head Stewart Menzies.

Sadly for fans of enormous whirling machines and people poring over scraps of paper, The Imitation Game is not a remake of Enigma (2001). Instead, Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, the man behind ace blackly-comic thriller Headhunters (2011), is focusing on the struggles of the man himself – specifically his sexuality and the social pressures that weighed so heavily on him.

"It is such a complex story," explains Tyldum in the magazine. "It was the gay rights element, but also how his ideas were kept secret and how incredibly important his work was during the war, that he was never given credit for it."

Tyldum's pledge is to make the story "as multi-sided as possible", and to help him do that he can also call on the talents of Keira Knightley (A Dangerous Method), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Allen Leech (The Sweeney) and Matthew Goode (Stoker).

The Imitation Game is out on 14 November.

UK trailer for Hector And The Search For Happiness arrives online

Relativity Media have just released their latest UK trailer for Peter Chelsom's (Serendipity) Hector And The Search For Happiness.





Simon Pegg (The World's End) plays Hector, an eccentric yet charming London psychiatrist in crisis. His patients are just not getting any happier, he's going nowhere, and so he decides to do something about that in more ways that one. Armed with courage and natural curiosity, he breaks out of his sheltered life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists. More importantly, if it exists for Hector...

With Hector travelling to China, Africa, Canada and Los Angeles on his quest, the film also features Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher) as his girlfriend Clara, Christopher Plummer (Beginners) as a professor who specialises in Happiness Studies, and Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine) as Hector's ex, who has settled into a new life in LA. It promises good natured probes into the various ways to make people happy and a cast that also includes Stellan Skarsgård (Nymphomaniac), Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional) and Jakob Davies (This Means War).

Peter Chelsom called the shots, working from a script he wrote with Tinker Lindsay and Maria von Heland (Big Girls Don't Cry), which itself adapts Francois Lelord's novel. Hector And The Search For Happiness will be out here on 15 August.




International trailer and one sheet for The Drop arrives online

Fox Searchlight Pictures have just released their latest international trailer and one sheet for Michaël R. Roskam's (Bullhead) The Drop.





Tom Hardy (Lawless) stars as Bob Saginowski, a quiet man living in a poor part of New York City. He tends bar for his Cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), a bar that also operates as a drop point for illegal merchandise and money. He meets Nadia (Noomi Rapace) when he rescues a beaten dog outside her house, but has bigger problems on his mind after the bar is robbed at gunpoint and Bob finds himself pulled into the investigation of what happened.

Roskam's Bullhead (2011) star Matthias Schoenaerts plays the injured dog's owner, Eric, who butts up against Bob when he tries to reclaim the injured animal and John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook) rounds out the cast as a police officer investigating the robbery.




The Drop hits UK cinemas on 14 November, and on this evidence we're expecting a pretty taut crime thriller.

New stills from Guardians Of The Galaxy arrive online

Marvel have just released their latest batch of stills for James Gunn's (Super) mad space opera Guardians Of The Galaxy.























With Marvel gambling that less comic book savvy audiences have been primed by the likes of Iron Man and Thor to accept more out-there concepts, Guardians sends us hurtling into deep space to meet a very different gang of heroes. Well, we say heroes...

The film finds American pilot Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), the object of a manhunt after stealing a mysterious stolen McGuffin orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace).

Whilst in a prison, he meets an unusual suspects line-up of aliens including deadly green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), hulking warrior Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista), talking tree Groot (Vin Diesel) and gruff warrior Rocket Raccoon.

With Benicio Del Toro (Savages), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Peter Serafinowicz (Saun Of The Dead), Ophelia Lovibond (Mr. Popper's Penguins), Gregg Henry (Slither), Laura Haddock (Da Vinci's Demons), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond), Michael Rooker (Super) and Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) rounding out the cast, Guardians Of The Galaxy arrives on 1 August.

First trailer and one sheet for The Judge arrives online

Warner Bros have just released their first long awaited one sheet and trailer for David Dobkin's (Wedding Crashers) The Judge. Robert Downey Jr. ended the promotional drought by posting the first trailer to his Twitter account. From the looks of this, expect family dysfunction, some typically Downey Jr. barbs and Robert Duvall (Jack Reacher) adding gruff gravitas.





With Wedding Crashers (2005) director David Dobkin overseeing things, The Judge follows big shot lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.), who reluctantly returns to his childhood home when his mother dies. There, he discovers that his estranged father (Duvall), the town's judge, is being investigated for murder. So the man who walked away from his family years ago now finds himself having to reconnect with the man he's tried to avoid.

Alongside Downey Jr. himself, the cast includes Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), Billy Bob Thornton (Jayne Mansfield's Car), Vincent D'Onofrio (Escape Plan), Dax Shepard (Parenthood), Jeremy Strong (Zero Dark Thirty), Melissa Leo (Prisoners), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), David Krumholtz (This Is The End) and Sarah Lancaster (Chuck).




The Judge arrives in the UK on 24 October.

Four new Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes clips arrive online

With the release date for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes just under a month away, 20th Century Fox have just released four brief new clips for Matt Reeves' (Let Me In) simian sequel.





Set a decade on from the events in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011), Dawn finds Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his hairy cohorts have holed up in Ape City, distant from human survivors, and are trying to establish a new community for themselves. "It's an ape civilisation movie," Reeves told Empire magazine. "It's a world you haven't seen before, which is all about: what would these intelligent apes do if they returned to the wild and tried to create a place for their family... and then grow?"

But then they encounter a group of humans, including Man-of-the-moment Jason Clarke's (Public Enemies) Malcolm and Keri Russell's (Dark Skies) Ellie, and the touch paper is lit for a potential conflict. Tensions aren't helped by Gary Oldman's (Dark Knight Rises) Dreyfuss, a staunch advocate for human survival who is none too pleased about peace overtures to the simians. Tempers flare on both sides as Caesar attempts to keep the peace, still connected to the human race thanks to the kindness he was shown when he was young.

"We'll see how Caesar becomes this leader," Reeves has said of the film. "The apes' story is a through-the-looking-glass way of looking at what we are. By what's going on in the internal lives of the apes we are exploring ourselves, our impulses, our society. So much is roiling inside [him]. He has a rational side separate from the apes – they're all instinct."

Serkis is also joined by Toby Kebbell (War Horse), Judy Greer (The Descendants) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Kirk Acevedo (Invincible), Kevin Rankin (Dallas Buyers Club) and ape movement coach Terry Notary (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey).














Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes will be out on 17 July in the UK, following a 11 July debut in the US.

Jon Spaihts set for Doctor Strange

Marvel's plan to add Doctor Strange to its cinematic universe took a big leap forward earlier this month when Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism Of Emily Rose) was hired to direct the film based on the adventures of Dr. Stephen Strange. News now comes via Deadline that Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) is in talks to re-write the script.




Doctor Strange was originally created by Stan Lee and art genius Steve Ditko, and began life as a selfish New York surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he visits a healer in the Himalayas known as The Ancient One, and learns to tap into psychic powers. In recognition of his selfless efforts to thwart evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo, he's taught the mystical arts and sets out to defeat other shady sorcerers and various villains.

Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara) produced the first draft of the script, which Spaihts, assuming his deal goes through, will work from. In addition to his work on Ridley Scott's science fiction outing, he's also been writing a new version of The Mummy for Universal Pictures, The Black Hole reboot for Walt Disney Pictures and the still-gestating space drama Passengers, which has Keanu Reeves (47 Ronin) attached to star.

So far, Marvel has made no announcement about a release date – that could change following next month's Comic Con – and still appears to be at the wish list stage of casting the leading man, with Deadline reporting that Tom Hardy (Lawless) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) are both in its sights, with Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) a more recent candidate. As always, watch this space.

Bourne Legacy sequel now set for 2016

While there are many things that agents trained or altered by the CIA's Treadstone and its associated dark programs can do, it would appear meeting deadlines is clearly not one of them. Universal Pictures have recently announced that their follow up to The Bourne Legacy (2012) will not hit its originally planned August 2015 date, but is now pencilled in for 15 July 2016.





While there are few concrete details about what the film will entail, we do know that Jeremy Renner will return as Aaron Cross, Andrew Baldwin is currently at work on the script and Fast & Furious (2009) veteran director Justin Lin is in charge of calling the shots.

But that's just the tip of the release iceberg that has mostly been spurred by studios making presentations at the CineEurope convention in Spain. Paramount Pictures had the stage today, screening footage from its 2014 line-up and confirming the likes of Terminator: Genesis, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The Gambler, the latest Friday The 13th and Mission: Impossible 5 for 2015.

Looking ahead to 2016, we can expect more franchise fare such as Star Trek 3, Transformers 5, G.I. Joe 3, Paranormal Activity 5, Timur Bekmambetov's (Wanted) take on Ben Hur, plus an inexplicable sequel to the vapid Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013).

Friday, 27 June 2014

"If anyone starts playing the bongos, I'm leaving."

Film4 have recently released their first trailer for series creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley's The Inbetweeners 2.




In 1770, Captain Cook navigating the eastern fringes of the Australian continent mapping the coastline, counting wombats and generally dicing with death in an intrepid and largely clung free voyage. Two hundred and forty four years later, Jay, Will, Simon and Neil will be trying to rectify that oversight in The Inbetweeners 2 when they land Down Under with "puss-ay" in mind and a wad of Aussie dollars in their pockets.

Boardshort wankers and bongo players beware, because the foursome are touching down in Australia to pursue fauna of an entirely different kind. Alongside gap year types, Bryon Bay hippies and party hardy Aussies, all the old staples will be present and (in)correct. There'll be jokes about Will's mum, Simon still has girlfriend issues and Jay is one joke away from prison.

"We can't say too much as we don't want to spoil the jokes for you", the screenwriters said in a statement when the film was originally announced, "but what we can exclusively reveal is there will be kangaroos. And Australians. And possibly koalas. Oh and obviously Jay, Will, Neil and Simon, providing they're let into the country. Thanks so much for all your support, we're hoping to deliver a film that you'll enjoy even more than the last one."

James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas and Simon Bird are back in front of the camera, joined by recent Star Wars: Episode VII addition Daisy Ridley, Celeste Cotton (Bad Karma), David Schaal (Mr Nobody), Larissa Jones (Powder Room) and Susan Wokoma (Half Of A Yellow Sun). The Inbetweeners 2 is set to bother our cinemas on 6 August.




Osy Ikhile joins David Yates' Tarzan

British actor Osy Ikhile (Misfits) has just been recruited for the latest 3D blockbuster take on Tarzan. According to The Wrap, Ikhile will be reporting for jungle bound duty alongside the double Oscar nominated Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond).





Ikhile is a man in a hurry. The 25 year-old Londoner is appearing in Ron Howard's (Rush) whale tale Heart Of The Sea, in which he plays a sailor named Peterson, and alongside Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) in the David Niven penned dark comedy Kill Your Friends. He's a face that fans of British TV comedies Misfits, Fresh Meat and Twenty Twelve should already be familiar with.

There's no word as yet on his Tarzan character, except that he'll be taking a "key supporting role" that involves a chunk of time on set. Hounsou, meanwhile, will play villainous warlord Chief Mbonga.

With David Yates (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows) behind the camera, a sizeable budget and a stellar cast, Warner Bros has high hopes for its live action adaption of Edgar Rice Burroughs' feral adventurer. Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) will play the iconic ape man after he has left the jungle and settled in London, only to be called back into action at the behest of Queen Victoria and sent back to Africa to investigate dodgy dealings around a mine. Margot Robbie (Wolf Of Wall Street) is set to play Jane, while Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) will be a comrade and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) a villain.

Tarzan will arrive in US cinemas on 1 July 2016, with no official UK release date as yet.

DreamWorks Animation round up Felix The Cat

Not content with creating characters of their own, DreamWorks Animation has been on the look out for other properties to snap up, targeting the Troll dolls most recently. But though the spiky haired ones already have a film in production, it appears the company's latest acquisition, Felix the Cat, might have to wait a while before he hits screens again.




Speaking at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg talked up the purchase as part of the company's presentation. "Today, DreamWorks has acquired all rights to Felix the Cat," Katzenberg said according to Variety. "Felix really goes beyond evergreen status and rises to something even more uncommon, as he is a true icon. We plan to make him one of the most desired fashion brands in the world."

Katzenberg has so far made no mention of turning the character – which first rose to popularity in the 1920s in animated shorts and spin-off merchandise before becoming even better known in the 1950s thanks to a TV series – into a film, though that will probably follow.

In addition to the Felix announcement, Katzenberg also brought details of the company's plan to launch DreamWorks' DreamHouse, which will be an amped-up version of a Santa's grotto featuring characters from the studio's popular cartoons. No plans for locations or exact timing were announced, but it will be launched in the US in time for Christmas this year.

Mark Ruffalo says Marvel are considering a new Hulk film

There have been rumours about a new spin-off Hulk film since the successful return of the raging green giant in The Avengers (2012). Marvel, Joss Whedon and even Bruce Banner himself – Mark Ruffalo – have refuted them before, but now Ruffalo is singing a somewhat different tune.




Out promoting his new music drama Begin Again, Ruffalo has naturally been fielding questions about Dr. Banner and his literally hulking alter ego. And from the sounds of it, there might be some slow movement in the direction of a film focusing on Banner. "I think they are, for the first time, entertaining the idea of it," Ruffalo told Digital Spy. "When we did The Avengers it was basically 'No!', and now there is some consideration for it."

Before you go raising your hopes too high, he cautions that any plans are far from firm. "But there's still nothing definitive, not even a skeletal version of what it would be. I look forward to going down that road, if we could crack that nut." Can a solo Hulk film work now that we have Ruffalo's Banner in place and set to be fleshed out further in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron next April? We may be closer to finding out than we ever thought.

Eli Wallach: The Magnificent Seven star dies aged 98

It takes a certain type of talent to flourish in character roles. Some actors just seem to come alive when they're handed meaty people to play, full of dark ambition or crazy schemes. One such actor was Eli Wallach, best known for his roles in The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966), has died aged 98.

His death was confirmed by his daughter Katherine in the New York Times.





Arguably best known for his villains, Wallach made a lasting impression as Tuco opposite Clint Eastwood, in Sergio Leone's spaghetti western The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

Set during the American Civil War, he played a gunman who partners up with Eastwood's character to con towns out of the bounties that are on his character's head.

Just as Tuco is about to be hung, Eastwood shoots the rope tied to his neck, and the two escape to repeat their scheme. "I was hanged four times in that movie," Wallach joked in 2004.

Years later, Wallach said strangers would recognise him and start whistling the distinctive theme tune.

"As an actor I've played more bandits, thieves, warlords, molesters and mafioso than you could shake a stick at," the Hollywood Reporter quoted him as saying.

However despite his glittering movie career Wallach admitted his most popular role was playing baddie Mr Freeze in two episode's of Batman on TV in 1967.

"I get more mail for him than anything I've ever done," wrote the star in his autobiography, entitled The Good, The Bad And Me: In My Anecdotage.

The veteran star continued making films into his 90s, making his last big screen appearance in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) alongside Michael Douglas and Shia Labeouf.

Born in Brooklyn to Polish Jewish immigrants, he studied at the University of Texas at Austin and there learned to ride, a skill that would serve him well later in his career. Originally planning to become a teacher like his siblings, he switched to acting before being drafted in World War II. After five years in the Medical Corps, he returned to civilian life and studied performing with a vengeance, going on to become a founder member of the Actors Studios and learning from Lee Strasberg.

He made his Broadway debut in 1945 on a short-lived production called Skydrift. It may not have done much for his acting career, but it impacted his life massively, since that was where he met his wife, actress Anne Jackson. Together, they went on to great success on the stage, performing a number of acclaimed plays.

Wallach made his London debut in 1954 with The Teahouse Of The August Moon.

His screen debut came two years later, playing an unscrupulous seducer in Baby Doll (1956).

The role earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor and a Bafta award for most promising newcomer.

But the theatre remained Wallach's first love. "For actors, movies are a means to an end,'' he told the New York Times in 1973.

''I go and get on a horse in Spain for 10 weeks, and I have enough cushion to come back and do a play.''

He became a household name as Calvera in The Magnificent Seven, alongside Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn.

He went on to earn an Emmy in 1967 for his supporting turn in the drama Poppies Are Also Flowers, and picked up four further nominations – most recently for his guest turns in Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip (2007) and Nurse Jackie (2010).

Other notable roles came in How The West Was Won (1962), Lord Jim (1965), The Godfather: Part III (1990), Mystic River (2003), and The Holiday (2006) where he played a famous screenwriter from the Golden Age of Hollywood alongside Kate Winslet.

Two years before his Academy Award®, at a ceremony to honour his work in New York, Kate Winslet told the audience, including his wife, she found the veteran actor one of the most charismatic men she had ever met.

"Eli Wallach is my very own Sexiest Man Alive! The truth is Annie, if I had been around 60 years ago, you would have had some tough competition."

Describing his zest for life she added: "He's always smiling, always chatting, always concentrating, and always telling stories... He could go take after take after take.

"There were days, I must confess, when I'd worry about him getting tired. But not Eli," said Winslet. "I'd say to him, 'Eli, please, would you go home now... We've been here for 20 hours and it's nearly midnight and you've done your close up!' But he'd look at me, almost offended, and say, 'Oh no... I'm not going home. Not when I'm playing with you."

Asked about possible retirement, he told the Times in 1997: ''What else am I going to do? I love to act."

In 2010, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave him an honorary Oscar celebrating "the quintessential chameleon, effortlessly inhabiting a wide range of characters, while putting his inimitable stamp on every role."

He leaves behind wife Anne, their three children, Peter, Roberta and Katherine, five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

imdb.com

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Latest Expendables 3 trailer explodes online

Lionsgate have just released their latest trailer for Patrick Hughes' (Red Hill) The Expendables 3, with Sylvester Stallone and his ageing action pack (plus one or two youngsters) back once again to blast bad guys, crack wise and bond over challenging missions.





The Expendables 3 finds our heroes targeted by an old friend turned vicious enemy. Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who co-founded the original core group with Stallone's Barney Ross, has since become an arms trader and decides to take out the gang. But when Barney recruits some fresh blood to help tackle the threat, the youngsters are inconveniently captured, which means the regular blend of ageing mercenaries must ride to the rescue or die trying.

Stallone this time is joined by veterans Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger, plus new recruits Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Mel Gibson, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey and Harrison Ford.





The Expendables 3 is set to explode onto our screens on 15 August.

Rian Johnson set to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII

The choice of directors for the latest Star Wars films is becoming ever more interesting, surprising, and in this case, excellent. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed this week that Rian Johnson, the talented director behind Brick (2005), Looper (2012) and several episodes of Breaking Bad, has been hired to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII.





Reports have pointed to him directing both of the remaining Star Wars entries once J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) has completed the Episode VII, but that has yet to be confirmed. He is, however, writing a treatment for Episode IX, which doesn't rule him out of taking on the movie at a later date.

For now, though, writing and directing Episode VIII will be enough of a workload for Johnson, but one we feel is in very safe hands. Few directors are connected to their material the way Johnson is and he has consistently produced interesting work. How he adapts to life inside the Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm franchise machine will be a fascinating journey.

Johnson joins Abrams on the main franchise entries, with Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Josh Trank (Chronicle) assigned to make spin-off films in between.

Episode VII, which features John Boyega (Attack The Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) and Max von Sydow (Shutter Island), plus saga veterans Harrison Ford (who will be back at work once his broken leg heals), Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker, will be out on 18 December 2015. If Disney keeps to its planned schedule, Episode VIII is set for 2017.

"War. Has. Begun..."

With the release date for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes just under a month away, 20th Century Fox have just released their final trailer for Matt Reeves' (Let Me In) simian sequel.




Combining some material we've seen before with fresh footage, this latest trailer showcases the incredible effects work that Weta and others have been polishing up over the last few months to impressive effect.

Set a decade on from the events in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011), Dawn finds Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his hairy cohorts have holed up in Ape City, distant from human survivors, and are trying to establish a new community for themselves. "It's an ape civilisation movie," Reeves told Empire magazine. "It's a world you haven't seen before, which is all about: what would these intelligent apes do if they returned to the wild and tried to create a place for their family... and then grow?"

But then they encounter a group of humans, including Man-of-the-moment Jason Clarke's (Public Enemies) Malcolm and Keri Russell's (Dark Skies) Ellie, and the touch paper is lit for a potential conflict. Tensions aren't helped by Gary Oldman's (Dark Knight Rises) Dreyfuss, a staunch advocate for human survival who is none too pleased about peace overtures to the simians. Tempers flare on both sides as Caesar attempts to keep the peace, still connected to the human race thanks to the kindness he was shown when he was young.

"We'll see how Caesar becomes this leader," Reeves has said of the film. "The apes' story is a through-the-looking-glass way of looking at what we are. By what's going on in the internal lives of the apes we are exploring ourselves, our impulses, our society. So much is roiling inside [him]. He has a rational side separate from the apes – they're all instinct."

Serkis is also joined by Toby Kebbell (War Horse), Judy Greer (The Descendants) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Kirk Acevedo (Invincible), Kevin Rankin (Dallas Buyers Club) and ape movement coach Terry Notary (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey).





Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes will be out on 17 July in the UK, following a 11 July debut in the US.

Colin Trevorrow unveils new Jurassic World dinosaur

Last week, we got our latest look at what co-writer and director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) is building with Jurassic World. At that point, it was limited to the human characters, including Chris Pratt (soon to be seen in Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help). People wondered when we might get to see something of the film's dino stars, and now Trevorrow has obliged (sort of) via his Twitter page.



It may be just a shadow, but if we're honest, it's a much better way to go about teasing the massive creatures we can expect to see. It may also be evidence that some of the terrible lizards this time will boast gene sequences borrowed from creatures other than frogs, albeit in keeping with dinosaurs as we know them. So don't go expecting tentacles.

All that we really know about the plot is that Jurassic World is set years after Steven Spielberg's original film, at a time when Jurassic Park is a functioning attraction on Isla Nublar. In fact, it does its job so well that dinosaurs are almost commonplace. The corporate types who run the Park have been pushing for bigger, better and more imposing creatures, and we can't help but figure that's when the running and screaming begins.

Pratt plays a scientist doing behavioural research on the 'raptors when the park has a few lethal issues. Howard, meanwhile, will be one of the team involved in the place. Ty Simpkins (Insidious), Nick Robinson (The Kings Of Summer), Omar Sy (Micmacs), Vincent D'Onofrio (Escape Plan), Irrfan Khan (Life Of Pi), Jake Johnson (21 Jump Street), Judy Greer (Carrie), B.D. Wong (Jurassic Park), Katie McGrath (Merlin) and Lauren Lapkus (Are You Here) also show up in the film, which has yet to show off any of its dino stars.

Jurassic World will be rampaging on our screens 12 June next year. Mark your diaries and hold on to your butts.

"Are you telling me the fate of 12 billion people is in the hands of a thief, two thugs, a murderer and a maniac?"

Marvel have just released their latest UK trailer for James Gunn's (Super) mad space opera Guardians Of The Galaxy.





While previous promos have gone all out for the comedy, this one, for the most part, emphasises the epic galactic threat. That is, apart from some choice business from John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and a lurch into some snappy one-liners towards the end. "You just wanna suck the joy out of everything," mutters Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) as he's told to tidy his bomb away.

With Marvel gambling that less comic book savvy audiences have been primed by the likes of Iron Man and Thor to accept more out-there concepts, Guardians sends us hurtling into deep space to meet a very different gang of heroes. Well, we say heroes...

The film finds American pilot Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), the object of a manhunt after stealing a mysterious stolen McGuffin orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace).

Whilst in a prison, he meets an unusual suspects line-up of aliens including deadly green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), hulking warrior Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista), talking tree Groot (Vin Diesel) and gruff warrior Rocket Raccoon.

With Benicio Del Toro (Savages), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Peter Serafinowicz (Saun Of The Dead), Ophelia Lovibond (Mr. Popper's Penguins), Gregg Henry (Slither), Laura Haddock (Da Vinci's Demons), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond), Michael Rooker (Super) and Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) rounding out the cast, Guardians Of The Galaxy arrives on 1 August.




Teresa Palmer set for Point Break remake

Despite the wave of hate that washes over the Internet every time its name is invoked, the Point Break remake is still surfing over the distaste and probably planning a heist at the same time. Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) is now is now also set to star, looking to stop the film from suffering a testosterone overload.





The new film, which takes the place of a long-rumoured sequel, will reboot the concept from Kathryn Bigelow's cult 1991 thriller. Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe Retaliation) stars as the young, driven FBI agent Johnny Utah, who is tasked with infiltrating and taking down an extreme sports gang that is pulling off bank robberies. But as his mission progresses, he becomes closer to the leader of the robbers, zen surfer dude Bodhi (Édgar Ramirez) and, if the plot holds true to the original, is also drawn to Bodhi's ex Tyler, the role Palmer is presumably eyeing.

The Fast And The Furious (2001) cinematographer Ericson Core is the man tasked with making this film fly, working from a script by Kurt Wimmer (Salt). With Ray Winstone (The Sweeney), Matias Varela (Easy Money) and Clemens Schick (Casino Royale) also in the movie, Point Break's cameras start rolling on June 26, ready for a planned 7 August 2015 release date in the US, with no confirmed UK arrival yet.

Palmer, who was last seen in Warm Bodies (2013), has a variety of films coming up on release dates including Kill Me Three Times and Terrence Malick's (The Tree Of Life) new pic, Knight Of Cups. She's also in the cast for John Hillcoat's (Lawless) Triple Nine, which will also shoot soon.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

"The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control, and not the other way around."

After the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Lucky Dragon 5 incident still fresh in the Japanese consciousness, Godzilla was conceived as a metaphor for nuclear weapons. As the film series expanded, some stories took on less serious undertones portraying Godzilla as a hero while other plots still portrayed Godzilla as a destructive monster; sometimes the lesser of two threats who plays the defender by default but is still a danger to humanity.





Gojira (a portmanteau of the Japanese words: gorira 'gorilla' and kujira 'whale') first appeared in Ishirō Honda's 1954 film Godzilla. Since then, Godzilla has become a worldwide pop culture icon starring in 28 films produced by Toho Co. Ltd., best known for their Kaiju creature features such as Mothra, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, and Rodan. The monster last appeared on Western screens in Ronald Emmerich's inane reimagining of Gozilla in 1998.

Subtlety and restraint aren't words you tend to associate with tentpole blockbusters, particularly not those featuring hulking great monsters. The latest incarnation of Toho's iconic Kaiju might be the tallest ever, clocking in at around 355 foot, yet the movie itself isn't afraid to build to the stomping with baby steps, favouring tension over excessive special effect money shots, and the human characters over the headline creature.





Director Gareth Edwards won the director's chair off the back of his starling debut Monsters (2010), his micro-budgeted creature feature that, by necessity, put human characters at the front of the drama, leaving the titular beasts mostly just hinted at through incredibly subtle background CGI. It's heartening that, given this film's reported $150m plus budget, Edwards has stayed true to that movie's central tenets even when playing with a much bigger train set. Perhaps Godzilla's greatest achievement is that it doesn't feel like it has been churned out on a Hollywood production line. Refusing to adhere rigidly to the prescribed beats of the blockbuster formula, it often feels surprisingly low-key for a film in which major cities are levelled and destruction spans continents.

It helps that, of all the franchises, being repeatedly torn down and rebuilt, Godzilla is arguably the one that could actually do with a reboot. Roland Emmerich's calamitous attempt is now 16 years old, negating the too-soon syndrome afflicting The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). Godzilla has always been a good vehicle for expressing wider societal concerns – born as he was, back in 1954, to riff on fears of nuclear weaponry – and given the modern taste for reality grounded franchise fare, it's a rare case of a welcome, even necessary, revival.

The film kicks off with a well executed piece of exposition, a title sequence depicting nuclear tests, Darwinian theory, sea monster illustrations and redacted information all set to Alexandre Desplat's (Zero Dark Thirty) flash and thunder score. Yet, unlike 99.9 per cent of recent blockbusters, the film then admirably slows down to set up story strands of (chillingly mounted) family tragedy, anomalous seismic activity, frustrated interrogations, perplexed scientists and all-round conspiracy.

The models here seem to be Jurassic Park (1993) and particularly Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) as the film flits between personal tales – bomb disposal officer Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) helps his father Joe (Bryan Cranston) investigate what really happened at the Janjira nuclear plant – and a global overview, in which scientists (Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins) team up with the military (David Strathairn) to try and make sense of it all.

That said, while the characters may get time to breathe, they don't emerge overly complex or engaging. At times it can feel like the high calibre cast are adding layers to a sparse script, particularly when it comes to Cranston (Breaking Bad), who delivers some searing emotional moments during the film's opening scenes. Taylor-Johnson (Kick Ass) does a solid job with a fairly generic character, while Ken Watanabe (Inception) spurts noble homilies about messing with nature. The female roles are given particularly short shrift: Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) has disappointingly little to do, while Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) is mostly left to reel off scientific exposition. Edwards' commitment to believability means that there are no gung-ho heroes, and no hissable bad guys. It's simply a case of humans versus a force of nature.

Edwards and credited writer Max Borenstein do their best to legitimise the potentially hokey conceit, smartly respecting the creature's atomic age roots by imagining the 1950s nuclear tests as attempts to kill off the subterranean creatures and peppering the movie with post War On Terrorism references: jets plummeting out of the sky, carnage playing out on 24 hour rolling news, helicopter shots of refugees escaping to safety and the displaced seeking out loved ones in huge stadia.

Like Steven Spielberg's most thrilling films – where the creatures' appearances were kept down by visual effects limitations – here you're made to wait a fair while until you get a glimpse of the title star. There's even one set piece, which cuts away to a TV news report just as the action kicks in, which might have you wishing Edwards hadn't been quite so judicious with his reveals.

What this approach does reap though is a genuine sense of tension, and more crucially, payoff, that's so rare in films of this scale. When the beast is finally unleashed, the set pieces are worth savouring. Early glimpses reveal little more than Godzilla's jagged, shard-like spines protruding out from the sea, while the rest of him is submerged underwater like an armoured iceberg. Even in the limited moments when he's seen in his full glory – thick snout, chunky forearms, scales like armour carved from rock – he's pleasingly, untameably animalistic.

To give too much detail on the film's most impressive set pieces would be to spoil their impact (despite the recent glut of trailers and clips doing just that). Given Edwards' POV heavy visual instincts (much is glimpsed through visors, car windscreens, news reports), Godzilla – despite having his name on the poster – almost feels like a supporting character. While that in itself might leave audiences raised on a cinema diet of instant gratification feeling unsatisfied and yearning for just a little more destruction, when the climactic moments do come, they're felt on a much more appreciable scale than, say, the casual cityscape flattening in Man Of Steel (2013). The globe hopping feels grounded and justified, and more importantly you actually invest in the chaos and beautifully choreographed smackdowns. For that reason, Godzilla feels like a noble endeavour, and one that deserves to be savoured on its own terms.

Edwards' film boasts great filmmaking, noble intentions and cracking monster action. That rare breed of blockbuster that emphasises character over spectacle and slow-burn tension over relentless action sequences, Godzilla rewards patience with strong performances and sparing, spine-tingling set pieces.






Saturday, 21 June 2014

First one sheets for Dracula Untold arrive online

Universal Pictures have just released their first one sheets for Gary Shore's Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) as the titular bloodsucker.







Little has been revealed about the movie so far, save for the fact that it will be a new look at the real life roots of the character we know from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) is initially shown as an honourable but troubled man who fights for his people and will go to any lengths to protect his family. Unfortunately for him, any lengths includes making a dark pact that sets him on a path to become one of fiction's most iconic monsters.

From the looks of the imagery so far, the filmmakers – including director Gary Shore, who scored the gig thanks to some effective work in short films – and studio are clearly pitching this as a Batman Begins (2005) affair, but for the world's most famous vampire. And we'll have plenty of the tortured hero doing what he thought was best and having his good intentions lead him down a road to hell.

With Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double), Charlie Cox (Stardust), Samantha Barks (Les Misérables), Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) and Paul Kaye (Match Point) all in the cast, Dracula Untold will be with us on 3 October.

Steven Spielberg's future slate release dates

Given the sheer number of projects he has in development at any one time, we've found it best to wait for Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) to commit to a film before anticipating it too much. Even then, that can be a false hope, as happened with Robopocalypse, which is still in a state of limbo. Walt Disney Pictures, however, is much more confident and has scheduled release dates for not one but two of Spielberg's planned new movies, with his still untitled Cold War thriller due in 2015 and Roald Dahl adaptation of The BFG set for 2016.





Tom Hanks (Captain Philips) is officially attached to the first film, which was originally scripted by Matt Charman but is currently undergoing a re-write by no lesser filmmakers than the Coen brothers (Inside Llewyn Davis). Based on a true story, it will find Hanks as James Donovan, a lawyer thrust into the frozen heart of the Cold War when the CIA dispatches him to Russia to negotiate for the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. That film is set to hit the US on 16 October 2015.

Spielberg will likely be working concurrently to prepare for his other current confirmed outing, a new live action take on The BFG, which will see a young girl befriending a benevolent giant who pipes sweet dreams into sleeping children's heads and stops his less pleasant kinsman from scooping the ankle biters up and eating them. E.T.'s (1982) Melissa Mathison wrote the script for that one, which has yet to announce any casting. American audiences can expect it on 1 July 2016.

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar float new Captain Nemo adaption

Jules Verne's driven, mercurial hero Captain Nemo has been a fascination for filmmakers for decades. His adventures in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (first published in 1870) have been adapted several times for screens big and small, but that isn't stopping new writers and studios throwing their hats into the ring, with Sony Pictures picking up a script from Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.




The co-writers, who more recently worked on films such as The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (2008) and I Am Number Four (2011), won producer Joe Roth's eye with their spec script, which boasts a new take on the antihero explorer and scientific genius who builds a sub called the Nautilus. Roth, in turn, sent the script to Sony.

Though Roth has a close relationship with Walt Disney Pictures – he helped make Alice In Wonderland (2010) and this year's Maleficent happen – the Mouse House already has a Nemo update drifting through development. David Fincher (The Social Network) had been attached for several years, but has since parted ways with the film due to budget disagreements, and Disney is currently looking for someone else to take on the job. Sony's version has yet to lock down a director, but the studio will want to move quickly to see which company can win the race to the screen.

"Gotta be who you are in this world, right?"

Columbia Pictures have just released their latest trailer for Antoine Fuqua's (Olympus Has Fallen) version of classic 1980s show, The Equalizer.





This updated peek into the world finds Denzel Washington (Flight) inheriting the role of Robert McCall, the retired intelligence officer played on the small screen by Edward Woodward, who decides to atone for his past sins by helping the hopeless.

Working quietly at a Home Depot, McCall finds himself drawn into the life of a crusading vigilante when he helps out a young prostitute (Chloe Moretz). His actions draw the attention of the Russian mafia, and in particular a brutal fixer played by Marton Csokas (Noah).

Sony is apparently so enthused by the jubilant test screening reactions to the film that it already has a sequel script under way.





The Equalizer arrives in cinemas on 10 October.

First still of Tom Hardy as Ronnie and Reggie Kray arrives online

Tom Hardy (Lawless) has taken on the task of playing not just one, but two Kray brothers in the new film Legend, which charts an incident in their nefarious rise to power. Currently shooting in London, StudioCanal have released their first official still of Hardy as the underworld kingpins.





L.A. Confidential's (1997) Brian Helgeland is once more in a historical crime arena, adapting John Pearson's book The Progression Of Violence. Legend dips into the dark underbelly of the swinging 1960s, when sharp-suited gangsters warred for turf and control, and innocent people were caught in the middle of the conflict, although criminals like Ronnie and Reggie Kray liked to claim they only went after the competition.

Emily Browning (Sleeping Beauty), David Thewlis (War Horse), Christoph Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World), Taron Egerton (The Smoke), Tara Fitzgerald (Game Of Thrones) and Chazz Palminteri (A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints) fill out the main cast for the film, which is rolling the cameras in London following a successful trip to rustle up sales at the Cannes Film Festival. There's no sign of a release date as yet, but we expect Legend to arrive either later this year or early 2015.

First teaser trailer and one sheet for Birdman arrives online

Fox Searchlight Pictures have just released their first teaser trailer and one sheet for Alejandro González Iñárritu's (Babel) highly anticipated Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance).





Michael Keaton (Robocop) stars as Riggan Thomson, a struggling thespian haunted by his days playing the iconic crusader Birdman. His movie star days are well behind him, and now he's trying to retain his sanity as he deals with troublesome actors, his weird family, his demanding producer and his own ego. The first bit certainly shouldn't be a stretch for Keaton, but we hope that the rest of the set-up is a little further from his own life.

While Iñárritu has made a career out of dealing with more sombre films, Birdman isn't a wacky comedy, but a conflicted look at one man trying to succeed despite himself.

The director has also gathered Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man), Edward Norton (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible) for the film, which reaches the US on 17 October before winging its way over here on 2 January 2015.




New trailer for Paddington arrives online

Despite Colin Firth's (The King's Speech) recent departure as the voice behind the titular bear, StudioCanal have just released their latest trailer for Paul King's (The Mighty Boosh) Paddington.





Technically speaking, this is the ageless Paddington's fourth spell in the spotlight. Originally appearing in Michael Bond's books in 1958, Paddington went on to have two TV incarnations, of which the 1970s 2D/3D animation is probably the most fondly remembered, and director King is promising to tap the spirit of all three. "We want [Paddington] to work for people who'd read the books in the '60s", he recently told Empire, "people who'd watched the TV show in the '70s and people who watched the '80s".

The movie will set the ursine explorer on his path from Peru to Paddington Station. The 'bear out of water' capers that ensue in the Big Smoke reintroduce old favourites like the Browns (Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin), housekeeper Mrs. Bird (Julie Walters) and the cranky Mr. Gruber (Jim Broadbent), as well as a new nemesis in the shape of demented taxidermist Millicent (Nicole Kidman) looking to seize Paddington for her collection.




Paddington is set to arrive on 28 November.