Friday, 31 March 2017

New banner for Ghost In The Shell arrives online

Paramount Pictures have just released a new banner for Rupert Sanders' (Snow White And The Huntsman) Ghost In The Shell.





Adapted from Masamune Shirow's original 1989 manga, Ghost In The Shell sees Scarlett Johansson (Lucy) as a special ops cyborg at the head of an elite task force known as Section 9. The team, working for Hanka Robotics, is in charge of stopping dangerous criminals and extremists, and their prime target is Kuze (Michael Pitt), a terrorist dedicated to wiping out all of Hanka's cyber technology.

Johansson's Lucy (2014) co-star Pilou Asbæk is aboard to play Batou, the second best fighter in the section and her trusted lieutenant, with Juliette Binoche (Cosmopolis), 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi), Michael Pitt (Seven Psychopaths) and Kaori Momoi (Memoirs Of A Geisha) also appearing. The members of Section 9 are played by Chin Han (The Dark knight), Danusia Samal (Tyrant), Lasarus Ratuere (The Mule), Yutaka Izumihara (Unbroken) and Tuwanda Manyimo (The Rover).

With a script by Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton), Ghost In The Shell is out in cinemas now. For more on Ghost In The Shell, check out our Ghost In The Shell crash course guide.

New trailer for Snatched arrives online

20th Century Fox have recently released their latest trailer for Jonathan Levine's (Warm Bodies) Snatched.





With sketch show Inside Amy Schumer on hiatus for the time being, Schumer looks to be fully concentrating on the movies for the foreseeable future. First out of the gate is Snatched, in which the Trainwreck (2015) star teams up with Goldie Hawn – which is something of a coup since it is Hawn's first film since The Banger Sisters (2002).

After her boyfriend dumps her impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Schumer) persuades her overly cautious mother (Hawn) to accompany her on a vacation to Ecuador. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda soon realise that working through their differences as mother and daughter is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure that they have fallen into.

The script comes from Katie Dippold (The Heat) and is inspired by her relationship with her own mother.

With Joan Cusack (School Of Rock), Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad), Wanda Sykes (Evan Almighty) and Christopher Meloni (Man Of Steel) also in the cast, Snatched is out in the UK on 12 May.



First official images of Alicia Vikander as Tomb Raider's Lara Croft arrive online

Aside from the her digital incarnation, the most recognisable image of Tomb Raider's adventurous heroine Lara Croft has been Angelina Jolie. Now Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) is taking over the role for Roar Uthaug's (The Wave) rebooted version and the first images have arrived online via Vanity Fair.





For this version of the game adaptation and its central figure, there is a fresh take on the story, with Lara off on her earliest adventure. Seven years after her father 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.





"When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited – Lara Croft is a truly iconic character," Vikander tells the magazine. "I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women. She's trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits – tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she's kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It's a lot of fun trying to get into Lara's head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill." For more on the movie, head to Vanity Fair's site.

With Dominic West (300), 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.

Our CinemaCon Buzzmeter: What's hot and what's not in Las Vegas

The major film studios have gathered in Sin City this week to preview their upcoming films. But are there really any sure bets for multiplexes in 2017/18?




We look at what's hot and what's not with the latest buzz from this years CinemaCon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.




Blade Runner: 2049

Denis Villeneuve's (Sicario) sequel to the neo-noir classic is reportedly visually stunning, with a few sly nods to Ridley Scott's 1982 original and an impressively creepy Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club). Sign us up. (Sony Pictures and Warner Bros)



Dunkirk

The Christopher Nolan (Interstellar) World War II drama – pictured above – is looking epic in every sense of the word. (Warner Bros)



Aquaman

The superhero film hasn't even shot yet, but that didn't stop Warner Bro and DC Entertainment from showing images of from the film's production design. This dreamy, arresting underwater world looks like it could be a comic book breakthrough. Fingers crossed. (Warner Bros)



Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) is looking badass as a Cold War spy. A new action hero is born. (Focus Features)



The Beguiled

Dreamy, sultry, and gloriously Southern. This erotic drama certainly looks to weave a spell. (Universal Pictures and Focus Features)



Downsizing

Sure to go down as Alexander Payne's (The Descendants) most bizarre film. Matt Damon (The Martian) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) star as a couple who decide to shrink themselves in order to live the good life. The 10 minutes that screened were by all accounts out there, but hilarious and compelling. (Paramount Pictures)



The House

Will Ferrell (Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy) and Amy Poehler (Inside Out) star in Andrew Jay Cohen's feature debut comedy about parents who turn to crime to pay for their kid's college has the marking of an R-rated summer comedy smash. (Warner Bros)



The Mummy

Breathing new life into their classic creature features, Universal Pictures latest reboot looks scary, sexy and cool. While Tom Cruise (Edge Of Tomorrow) arguably looks a tad too adrenalized, this remake won't be skimping on the jump scares. (Universal Pictures)



Baywatch

A gag where Zac Efron's (That Awkward Moment) dim bulb life guard examines a dead man's genitals is apparently worth the price of admission alone. (Paramount Pictures)



Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

The filmmakers would have us believe that Jumanji is a beloved property. That may or may not be the case, but the combination of Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas), Kevin Hart (Ride Along), Jack Black (School Of Rock) and Karen Gillan (Guardians Of The Galaxy) in skimpy shorts should certainly translate into a big global hit. (Sony Pictures)




Wonder Woman

Potentially another lacklustre entry in the DC Expanded Universe, but Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) has star power to spare. (Warner Bros)



Annihilation

Hard to know what exactly is going on in this Natalie Portman (Black Swan) thriller, but reports suggest it looked pretty scary. (Paramount Pictures)



Spider-Man: Homecoming

A lot more coverage of Michael Keaton (Birdman) as the villainous, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) hating Vulture. Tom Holland (The Impossible) has a wide eyed appeal that could offer a fresh take on a familiar hero, but after five different Spider-Man movies, there is arguably a risk of fatigue. (Sony Pictures)




Despicable Me 3

By the numbers preview for the animated sequel. Regardless, this sequel will almost certainly make a ridiculous amount of money. (Universal Pictures)



Suburbicon

George Clooney (The Monuments Men) takes a cudgel to Eisenhower era conformity. It looks offbeat, well shot, and very, very bloody. (Paramount Pictures)



Valerian

French director Luc Besson's (Léon: The Professional) passion project is looking a lot The Fifth Element (1997). There are outrageous aliens, a French director colour palate, and Rihanna (Battleship) in a nurse's costume. Looks dangerously out there. (STX Entertainment)



The Dark Tower

Some seemingly cool standoffs between Idris Elba (Prometheus) as a heroic gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) as the villainous Man in Black. But the plot is reportedly convoluted and is set to open in a crowded summer season. This may just be for die hard fans of Stephen King. (Sony Pictures)



Justice League

Zack Snyder obviously got the memo that Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) needed a humor injection, but the quip happy trailer still seemed like a pretty joyless affair. (Warner Bros)




Molly's Game

Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs) makes his directorial debut in this thriller about a corner cutting entrepreneur (Jessica Chastain) who dreams up a high stakes poker game. Tough to see how this one breaks out barring awards buzz. (STX Entertainment)



The Book Of Henry

Is it a film about a boy genius? Is it a mystery? Or is it an awards bait drama? Who knows. What it looks like though is a mess. (Focus Features)



Geostorm

Woeful digital effects and an utterly derivative plot, this Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen) starring disaster movie looks like Sharknado (2013) on a slightly bigger budget. (Warner Bros)



The Emoji Movie

Why? Just why? (Sony Pictures)

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

10 times movies recreated moments from history

With a growing number of biopics making there way to multiplexes, many of us may not realise that we are often watching exhaustively recreated historical footage. Maybe you saw Natalie Portman giving a tour of the White House in Jackie (2016) without realising that it cane from an actual CBS and NBC broadcast of Jackie Kennedy on Valentine's Day in 1962. Or perhaps you saw Catch Me If You Can (2002) and thought the game show scene was just a neat storytelling trick from Steven Spielberg rather than recreated footage from the To Tell The Truth game show in 1977.




But, in most cases, these moments of filmed history are so important, and so well known, they can be very difficult to recreate. Ultimately they need to be believable. And when scenes like the march from Selma to Montgomery and the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald are so ingrained in history, filmmakers must go through incredible lengths to do them right. Notice how in Selma, each marcher's posture and speed and demeanour matches the actual footage, and how Portman's Jackie Kennedy stiffly backs – hands folded – into frame in the White House.

Created by UK based photographer and director Vugar Efendi, this video demonstrates the impressive attention to detail required in recreating history.



Two new one sheets for Spider-Man: Homecoming arrive online

Sony Pictures and Marvel have just released two new one sheets for Jon Watts' (Cop Car) Spider-Man: Homecoming.








Spider-Man: Homecoming finds Tom Holland's (The Impossible) Peter Parker dealing with events following Captain America: Civil War. He is back in Queens and must juggle the stresses and strains of high school life while taking on villains such as Michael Keaton's (Birdman) Vulture.

Marisa Tomei's (The Wrestler) Aunt May, who we first met briefly alongside Peter in Captain America: Civil War, is back for this one, as is Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Donald Glover (Community), Michael Mando (Orphan Black), Tony Revolori (Dope), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Kenneth Choi (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) and singer and actress Zendaya are also on board.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into UK cinemas on 7 July.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

New one sheet for Justice League arrives online

Warner Bros have just released their latest one sheet for Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) follow-up Justice League.





With Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne and Gal Gadot's Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, aware of the alien threat posed by the forces of Darkseid and Steppenwolf, it is time to start gathering a team to fight back. The age of heroes will return with the likes of the Flash, also known as Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), Arthur 'Aquaman' Curry (Jason Momoa) and Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), whose lifesaving technological enhancement turn him into Cyborg.

Not pictured here of course Henry Cavill's Superman. Is he really dead? The answer is almost definitely no, so we are assuming they keeping something back for the actual movie.

With the likes of Amy Adams' Lois Lane, Joe Morton's Silas, Billy Crudup (The Watchmen) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) also in the cast, Justice League arrives in UK and US cinemas on 17 November.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to direct movie musical comedy Wingmen

A little over a year ago, we learned that Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) and Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) were attached to an untitled movie musical that would let them show off their combined warbling and shoe shuffling talents. We have heard very little about the film since then, but now news arrives via Variety that Gordon-Levitt wants to direct it.





Tatum and Gordon-Levitt are still on board to star in the planned R-rated project, which has the working title of Wingmen. 21 Jump Street (2012) writer Michael Bacall came up with the idea alongside Gordon-Levitt and wrote the script. It will follow two pilots who crash land in Las Vegas and features known music with a strong streak of rude humour. Variety has heard it described as Pitch Perfect (2012) meets The Book Of Mormon.

While Universal Pictures, who is backing this one, has held meetings with the directorial likes of Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and James Bobin (The Muppets), Gordon-Levitt has now told those involved that he would like a shot at making it.

We will have to be patient for this one, though, as the leads have busy schedules – Gordon-Levitt is developing a number of projects, including a Fraggle Rock film and Tatum has to work on Triple Frontier and, assuming it ever actually gets going, Gambit.

Jake Gyllenhaal set to star in The Anarchists Vs. ISIS

They have just worked together on Life and now news arrives via Screen International that Jake Gyllenhaal and director Daniel Espinosa are set to make The Anarchists Vs. Isis.





Despite Espinosa locking Gyllenhaal away in a sealed station with a dangerous alien creature, he is apparently happy to work with the director again, and they are both attached to the adaptation of Seth Harp's eponymous Rolling Stone article. We figure the name may change on the way to screens, but we will see.

Bold Films is backing this one, which chronicles a group of American volunteers, socialists and outcasts who sign up to help the Kurdish militia in the fight against Isis in Syria. We wouldn't expect this one for a little while yet as it is still early days and there is no writer attached to the script yet. Gyllenhaal seems interested enough that he has agreed to star and produce via his Ninestories company alongside partner Riva Marker.

Life has recently arrived on our screens and Gyllenhaal has Okja hitting Netflix (and in cinemas for South Korea and the US) on 28 June.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

New terrifying look at Pennywise in IT remake arrives online

New Line Cinema have have recently released a new look at the latest incarnation of Stephen King's It via Empire Magazine.





You can find a larger version right here

"There's supposed to be a less-is-more thing in horror," Argentine director Andrés Muschietti tells Empire in their latest issue. “It's like you're not really meant to show the monster. But Pennywise is different. With Pennywise, it's like, 'This is the monster, I'm showing it to you... and you're going to shit a brick.'"

Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove) is playing the malevolent trans-dimensional clown Pennywise, the role formerly filled by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV mini series, in the first big screen adaptation of King's classic 1989 novel.

Brie Larson set to play first female US presidential candidate Victoria Woodhull

Currently on screens following a giant ape around with a camera in Kong: Skull Island and soon be seen wielding a firearm in Ben Wheatley's (High-Rise) Free Fire, Brie Larson (Room) is clearly used to playing characters that can go up against the very best of men. Now news arrives via Deadline that the actress has chosen to portray Victoria Woodhull – the first female US presidential candidate at a time when women didn't even have the vote.




Written by Ben Kopit, Larson will both produce and star in Victoria Woodhull for Amazon Studios. Though we know Woodhull didn't win – as previously mentioned, women didn't even have the right to vote for another 40 years – she was a vital figure in the battle for women's suffrage during her 1872 campaign.


Manchester By The Sea (2016) received a Best Picture nomination at this year's Oscars and made Amazon Studios the first streaming site to crack the ceremony's top category. Will Academy Award® winner Larson and Amazon Studios have the same luck again? We will have to wait and see.

For the time being, the actress has a very busy schedule, with two Marvel films on her future slate –  Avengers: Infinity War and Captain Marvel – as well as The Glass Castle from Short Term 12 (2013) director Destin Daniel Cretton. She also has directorial debut, Unicorn Store – starring Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), Bradley Whitford (The Cabin In The Woods), Joan Cusack (School Of Rock), Hamish Linklater (42) and herself – slated for release later this year.

Paul Greengrass set to direct new Elliot Ness film

After re-visiting the world of Jason Bourne, director Paul Greengrass is looking to bring the life of another heroic type, albeit one with less of a penchant for beating people up with magazines. News arrives via Deadline that he is making a deal to direct Ness for Paramount Pictures.





The story of Eliot Ness, one of America's most courageous and incorruptible lawmen was most famously brought to the screen in Brian De Palma's crime thriller The Untouchables (1987) which chronicled Ness' fight against crime lord Al Capone.

This new story finds Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) adapting Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko's Image Comics title Torso, which originally hit shelves in 1998. It follows the true tale of the Toro Murderer, a serial killer who struck between 1934 and 1938 and earned his gruesome moniker because he only left the torsos of his victims – meaning no dental records or fingerprints for identification. Ness, who had ended his time with the Untouchables, was the chief investigator on the case, though there is no clear indication on which part of Ness' life will actually be covered in the film. Paramount are hoping this could kick off a franchise, presumably focusing on Ness' career or other famous lawmakers of the time.

If all goes well, Greengrass should be shooting this autumn.

Sing Street's Ian Kenny joins Han Solo Star Wars standalone

Just when you thought the still untitled Han Solo movie might have finished locking down its leads, it goes and adds someone new. News arrives via Variety that Ian Kenny (Sing Street) has landed a role in the still untitled Han Solo Star Wars anthology spin-off.




If you are expecting to learn who he is playing at this juncture... Well, you have clearly never read a Star Wars casting story before. Suffice to say that information is a strictly held secret. So far, all we know is that Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) is playing the young Han, with Donald Glover (The Martian) as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamoas (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) once more playing Chewbacca. Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) is an unknown digitally created character, while Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones), Thandie Newton (The Pursuit Of Happyness) and Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games) are all in unspecified parts, although Harrelson is reportedly a mentor figure to Han.

The movie is set to explore the younger days of the charming smuggler, including – as confirmed recently by Walt Disney boss Robert Iger – how he acquires the Millennium Falcon and meets Chewbacca for the first time. And, even more intriguingly, how he got his name...

Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) are calling the shots, and work is currently underway at Pinewood Studios. Seemingly breaking with the now traditional Star Wars December release pattern, the movie will land on 25 May next year.

Nicole Kidman, Amy Schumer and Steve Carell set for She Came To Me

We are still not sure that films straddling the dramatic and comedic worlds really need to be called a 'dramedy', but that is the term Hollywood seems to favour. Still, news arrives via Variety that She Came To Me, a new indie example of the genre, has scored Nicole Kidman (Stoker), Amy Schumer ( Trainwreck) and Steve Carell (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) to star.





Written and directed by Rebecca Miller (The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee), she is keeping things mostly under wraps, though Variety reports that it is apparently following a series of intertwining love stories set in the world of contemporary opera and... tug boats? Yes, tug boats.

But on the Schumer front, Miller's gain is the fast tracked Barbie movie's loss, as the comedian and actor has announced that she won't be able to do both. "Sadly, I'm no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts," Schumer says in a statement to Variety. "The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I'm bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen." It is a tough break for the film, which Sony Pictures has already handed a firm June 2018 release date to, so the scramble is now on to lock in a new star.

Carell has tennis drama Battle Of The Sexes headed our way next, while Kidman is on TV screens in Big Little Liars and is part of the cast for Sofia Coppola's (Somewhere) The Beguiled, due on 23 June. Schumer, meanwhile, will next be seen alongside Goldie Hawn (Death Becomes Her) in comedy Snatched, which arrives on 19 May.

Edward James Olmos joins The Predator

Not content with a return to the Blade Runner (1982) universe in new sequel Blade Runner 2049 and a key role in the Mayan club focused spin-off to biker drama Sons Of Anarchy, Edward James Olmos has scored another role in a high profile project. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that he will be part of the cast for Shane Black's (Iron man 3) The Predator.





Black is currently busy directing the new instalment of lethal alien movies, which aims to restore the creature to former glory with a no holds barred science fiction action adventure.

Boyd Holbrook (Narcos), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Keegan-Michael Key (Let's Be Cops), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Thomas Jane (The Mist), Alfie Allen (Game Of Thrones), Yvonne Strahovski (24: Live Another Day) and Olivia Munn (Mortdecai) are among the cast for the film which finds a group of former marines discovering the existence of the hunt happy aliens, only for the government to cover it up. But when the bodies start piling up, our heroes will be needed to try to take down the menace. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Olmos will play a military character. Which certainly seems like a smart call.

The Predator, which Black wrote with Fred Dekker (RoboCop 3), will arrive in cinemas on 16 February next year.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Gwendoline Christie joins young adult novel adaptation The Darkest Minds

Young adult novels are seemingly still all the rage in the world of adaptations, with news arriving via The Hollywood Reporter that Game Of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie the latest the latest to dip her toes in the genre for upcoming science fiction outing, The Darkest Minds.





Last seen on the big screen as  Captain Phasma in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Christie will join Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games), Mandy Moore (This Is Us) and a collection of young up and comers in the adaptation of Alexandra Bracken's young adult trilogy. Jennifer Yuh Nelson will be in the director's chair – her first live action outing after helming both Kung Fu Panda (2008) and it's 2008 sequel.

The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic America where 98% of children have been wiped out by a vicious disease, and the remaining 2% develop superhuman powers. Those remaining kids with special powers are rounded up and put into government run internment camps for the safety of themselves and those around them. Stenberg plays Ruby, the 16-year-old who manages to escape the camp with a group of superpowered teens in tow. Christie will play the government hired bounty hunter tasked with tracking the young fugitives down at any cost.

The Darkest Minds hits cinemas in late 2018. Christie will be returning to our television screens in July for Game Of Thrones Season 7, and our cinemas for Rian Johnson's (Looper) Star Wars: Episode VIII, which arrives in the UK 15 December.

"Shall we begin?"

Netflix have just released their first trailer for Adam Wingard's (The Guest) Deathnote.





Imagine having a notebook that allows you to kill anyone you know – either by face or name – simply by writing their name in it? It may sound like the wet dream of politicans with a grudge, but it is actually the premise of Death Note, a 2003 Manga that has been adapted into a film for Netflix.

Nat Wolff (The Fault In Our Stars) is Light Turner, a student who comes across a notebook and begins using it to kill criminals who deserve to die, beginning to imagine himself as God along the way. Eventually he becomes the subject of an investigation by a mysterious detective named L (Keith Stanfield). Added into the mix is Ryuk (a digital creation voiced by Willem Dafoe), who is the one who created the notebook and dropped it into our world because he was bored. The film is written by Charles and Vlas Parlapanides (Immortals) and Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four).

The Death Note manga was adapted into an anime in 2006 and spanned thirty-seven episodes, and from there was turned into three video games, four Japanese features, and in 2015, a Japanese TV series and musical.

Speaking to Collider, Wingard expressed his excitement over having the creative freedom that Netflix provides to remain faithful to the source material. "That was the cool thing about it," he said, "because it's an anime film. So, technically, it's a cartoon that you're bringing to life. To me, the thing about anime is that it's so adult-oriented. I remember going to Suncoast [video stores] growing up and you see Akira there with the little 'Not For Kids' sticker on it. That always made an impact on me. So, doing my first live-action anime thing, to me it was important that you have those adult themes. So it's got nudity, it's got swearing, it's got a ton of violence."




Death Note is scheduled to make its Netflix debut this 25 August.

Spider-Man universe set to expand with Silver Sable and Black Cat film

With Spider-Man: Homecoming swinging into cinemas this July, Sony Pictures' spider-sense must be tingling like crazy, because the friendly neighbourhood web slinger's expanded film universe is well underway. Besides the already fast tracked Venom feature and the Miles Morales centred animated film scheduled for 21 December 2018, now comes word via The Hollywood Reporter of a team-up of the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat.





Looking at a production start this Autumn, Chris Yost, who had penned various animated Marvel adventures and most recently worked on the screenplay for the forthcoming Thor: Ragnarok, has been brought aboard to script. Producers are Amy Pascal (Ghostbusters) and Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man), and a director search will begin shortly.

Created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, the character of Silver Sable made her debut in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man in 1985. Leader of the Wild Pack and CEO of Silver Sable International, as a mercenary she is a hunter of war criminals. She has, over the years, worked alongside heroes of the Marvel Universe and also gone up against them when her methods proved in conflict with those heroes. The character had previously appeared on Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Spider-Man: The New Animated Series and The Spectacular Spider-Man.

Black Cat, created by Marv Wolfman and Keith Pollard, first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man back in 1979. Her real name is Felicia Hardy, and she is the daughter of a world famous cat burglar. Raped during her college years, she came out the other side of that experience determined never to be a victim again. Deciding to emulate her father, but assuming the identity of the Black Cat to do so, she mastered acrobatics and numerous fighting styles. Going to work, she found herself battling Marvel heroes, most notably Spider-Man.

Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) played Felicia Hardy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The character also appeared on Spider-Man: The Animated Series and The Spectacular Spider-Man.

New trailer for My Cousin Rachel arrives online

Fox Searchlight have just released their latest trailer for Roger Michell's (Notting Hill) My Cousin Rachel.





Adapted from Daphne Du Maurier's novel, which was previously adapted for the big screen in back 1952 and by the BBC in 1983, My Cousin Rachel follows Philip (Sam Claflin), an orphan who is used to living a happy life with his cousin and guardian, Ambrose. But when Ambrose is off on one of his health related holidays, he reports back that he has fallen for the mysterious Rachel (Rachel Weisz), a distant relation, the tone of his letters starts to change and Philip decides to go and investigate. Yet he underestimates the power the beautiful Rachel will have over him...

With Holliday Grainger (Cinderella) and Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones) also in the cast, My Cousin Rachel will be out in the UK on 9 June.



New one sheet for Fate Of The Furious arrives online

Universal Pictures have just released their latest one sheet for F. Gary Gray's (Straight Outta Compton) The Fate Of The Furious.





Going by the much less unusual title Fast & Furious 8 here in the UK, the eighth movie finds the crew seemingly in a relaxed place. Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon, and the rest of the crew are enjoying a chaos free existence. But that is before a mysterious woman known as Cipher (Charlize Theron) somehow entices Dom back into a world of crime – and has him shockingly betray the others. And there are also struggles ahead for Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), who finds himself behind bars with Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw...

Soon, the team is splintering and facing trials that will test them like never before. And these are people who have driven cars out of planes and between skyscrapers...

Hopping between Cuba, New York and the icy plains near the arctic Barents Sea, the race is on to stop an anarchist and somehow bring home the man who made them into an unlikely family.

F. Gary Gray is in the director's chair with Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 6) once again on script duties as the stunt team do ever madder things with assorted vehicles.

With franchise regulars Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell all returning, alongside new recruits Scott Eastwood (Fury), Kristofer Hivju (Game Of Thrones) and Helen Mirren (The Queen), Fate Of The Furious will be out on 14 April.

Colin Farrell heads for the new Dumbo film

As Tim Burton (Alice In Wonderland) plunges ahead with the casting stage of his new, live action take on the Walt Disney animated classic Dumbo (1941), he is locking in the people he wants. News arrives via Deadline that Colin Farrell (Total Recall) is the latest recruit to join.





The actor, no stranger to Walt Disney after Saving Mr. Banks (2013), is on to play Holt, the widowed Kentuckian father of two kids who will end up somehow helping the young elephant who overcomes bullies and discovers that his massive ears allow him to fly.

Eva Green (Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children) is in talks to play Colette, a French trapeze artist who works for a villainous circus owner called Vandemere, who acquires the smaller big top owned by the kindly Medici (Danny DeVito).

Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon) wrote the script for the new movie, and Burton will be shooting this year. As for Farrell, he will next be seen in Sofia Coppola's (Somewhere) The Beguiled, due 23 June, and has worked on The Killing Of A Sacred Deer with Lobster (2015) director Yorgos Lanthimos.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Joe and Anthony Russo set to follow Avengers: Infinity War with science fiction project from Swiss Army Man creators

As a concept, Swiss Army Man (2016) is pretty out there, as was the casting of Daniel Radcliff (Kill Your Darlings) as a flatulent corpse. But it seems that writer and directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert want to get even more out there. News arrives via Deadline that they are set to team up with Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Civil War).





The project at this point is untitled, and the concept isn't being revealed beyond the fact that it will be a science fiction film. All involved, however, are promising that it will result in as unique a film as Swiss Army Man was. The idea is that the Russos will serve as producers, with Kwan and Scheinert writing and directing.

In an interview with nofilmschool.com, Scheinert reflected of their creative approach, "The funny thing is, a lot of times the idea that really speak to us are ones that we're not quite show how we're going to pull off yet. We'll come up with something and be, like, 'That sounds awesome; I bet that would look cool, but I'm not sure how we will do it.' Then we have to do research and have a debate about how to send a man rocketing across the ocean on a fart-powered corpse."

Added Kwan, "We like to think of our movies as orphans. They're bad ideas that no one else wants to make."

The Russos obviously disagree.

Scheinert and Kwan come from a background in short films as actors and directors. Swiss Army Man, however, elevated them to a whole other level and even earned them Sundance Film Festival directing honors. The Russos have a long list of credits, beginning in television on such shows as Happy Endings, Community and Animal Practice, before hitting the big screen with Marvel Cinematic Universe entries Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and the next two Avengers films, which are currently shooting back to back. Avengers: Infinity War has a release date of 4 May 2018, and the untitled fourth film in the series on 3 May 2019.

Colin Farrell set for Inner City

Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) already has Denzel Washington (The Equalizer) aboard his next gritty thriller, Inner City. Now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that he is aiming to add Colin Farrell (Total Recall) to the cast.





With news of Farrell entering talks comes some more details on the story for this one. Washington will play a reclusive lawyer who has worked for decades as a legal researcher for his beloved mentor. But when the older man passes away, he is snapped up by a well known, but far more cutthroat firm where he discovers a case that changes his life... And could potentially threaten it.

As for Farrell, he is circling playing the slick, wealthy legal eagle who initially recruits Washington to his new job. If he makes a deal, he will be working on the film starting later this month in Los Angeles. Farrell most recently worked on Sofia Coppola's (Somewhere) latest, The Beguiled and reunited with his Lobster (2015) director Yorgos Lanthimos for The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.

Nicole Kidman in talks for Aquaman

Currently swimming towards an April shoot date, director James Wan (The Conjuring) and the Aquaman team are starting to lock down more cast. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Nicole Kidman (Stoker) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down) are in talks for roles.





Kidman, assuming she signs, is looking to play Aquaman's mother, Atlanna. A member of the royal family in Atlantis, she escaped her kingdom for an adventure on the surface, and ended up falling for a lighthouse keeper and giving birth to Jason Momoa's (Conan The Barbarian) hero.

As for Abdul-Mateen, the man who plays Cadillac on the Netflix series is in line to be Black Manta, a scheming villain and one of Aquaman's main foes who was first introduced in 1967. It is the latest big film role for the actor, who narrowly missed out on the role of Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off but will be seen in Baywatch and The Greatest Showman.

The pair will join a cast that already boasts Amber Heard (The Danish Girl) as Mera, Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as scientist and adviser Vulko and Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) as Orm, Aquaman's half-brother and another threat.

Wan is aiming for a 5 October release date next year. Momoa, Heard and Dafoe will all pop up in Justice League, due out on 17 November.