Saturday, 29 July 2017

Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Hunnam and more set for Triple Frontier

After years of false starts, potential stars and frustrating studio shuffling, thriller Triple Frontier might actually, finally be headed into production. News arrives via Deadline that the latest actors now on board to star include Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor), Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy) and Pedro Pascal (Game Of Thrones).





J.C. Chandor  (A Most Violent Year) remains attached to direct the film, originally written and developed by Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), who had a variety of big names circling the idea when they were still actively involved around 2010. More recently, the likes of Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Tom Hardy (Inception), Ben Affleck (Argo) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) have been associated with the movie, but it never quite came together.

Now Wahlberg and the rest, along with Adria Ajorna (The Belko Experiment), are all making deals to star, with Netflix providing the financing and the distribution platform after Paramount Pictures pulled out over the budget. Chandler has re-written Boal's script for the movie, which is set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, the film will chronicle the difficult efforts to combat organised crime in the area where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge.

All being well, the cameras should finally be rolling in Hawaii and Colombia starting next month.

"You'll float too!"

Warner Bros have just released their first full trailer Andrés Muschietti's (Mama) It.





September 2017 looks set to be a tough time at the movies for those of you suffering from coulrophobia. Because a particularly demonic clown will be stalking our screens in the new film adaption of Stephen King's It.

The new take on King's horror classic – which faces comparisons to the cult TV movie that starred Tim Curry as the grinning terror – kicks off in the 1980s, shifting the original book's 1950s setting. But the place remains the same, the seemingly quiet town of Derry, Maine that harbours a dark secret – adults and children seem to disappear and die at an alarming rate.

It will take a group of kids known as the Losers' Club to figure out – Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly (Sophia Lillis), Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Stanley (Wyatt Oleff), Mike (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Henry (Nicolas Hamilton) – who in addition to dealing with growing pains and bullies, must confront the true horror – Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), who has a 30-year cycle of haunting the town from the sewers and beyond.

Mama (2013) director Andrés Muschietti is in the director's chair for the long gestating film version, the first of two planned movies that cover the different parts of the story. The second movie will find the Losers' Club grown up, with no memory of Pennywise, as the threat returns...




It has set its sights on an 8 September release.

Tom Hardy set to star in My War Gone By, I Miss It So

You might think that playing one of the leads in Christopher Nolan's (Inception) Dunkirk would be all the war that Tom Hardy needs for now. But news arrives via Variety that he is now producing and aiming to star in Bosnian conflict film My War Gone By, I Miss It So.





He is using as his source material war reporter and journalist Anthony Lloyd's eponymous book, which follows how he left England at 26 to cover the conflict in Bosnia, and saw the brutal struggle, before returning home to deal with psychological scars and substance abuse.

"My War Gone By is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war," Hardy tells Variety. "I was struck by Anthony's work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important book."

And Hardy has recruited his Warrior (2011) director Gavin O'Connor to co-produce and call the shots on the movie. "Anthony's memoir was love at first page – a portrait of war like I’'d never read before," O'Connor says. "An up-close-and-personal account of a heroin junkie reporting from the front lines of Bosnia – the bloodiest conflict Europe has witnessed since the Second World War – who uses the high of war to kick his drug habit. It's a book written with both fists. It's Anthony's Apocalypse Now (1979). I feel privileged and honored for the opportunity to bring the book to the movies."

This one could be a while coming though – both Hardy and O'Connor have plenty to keep them busy in the meantime. Hardy, for one, has joined the cast of a new BBC animated comedy series Sticky, created by Fonejacker's Ed Tracy.

"What if we could document what happens to us after we die?"

Sony Pictures have just released their first trailer and new one sheet for Niels Arden Oplev's (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) Flatliners.





Because no even slightly well known movie title can be allowed to fester in the cinematic graveyard, Hollywood has taken the defibrillator panels to Flatliners, scaring up a remake of the 1990 original.

This time around, Ellen Page (Inception), Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Nina Dobrev (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower), James Norton (War & Peace) and Kiersey Clemons (Dope) are the medical students obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. But instead of just leaving well alone, they embark on a daring and dangerous experiment – by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near death experience, giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.




Flatliners will be out on 29 September.

Christopher McQuarrie and Terence Winter set to adapt The Chameleon

Currently busy putting Tom Cruise through his paces again for the latest Mission: Impossible outing, Christopher McQuarrie is also lining up a potential future movie. News arrives via Deadline that he is aiming to direct The Chameleon.





Terence Winter (Wolf Of Wall Street) is working with co-writer Carl Capotorto (The Sopranos) to adapt David Grann's eponymous 2008 New Yorker feature. It tells the true story of Frédéric Bourdin, a French con man who became a serial impersonator of missing teenagers. One of his more successful cons was living with a Texas family for a while in the 1990s, posing as their missing brother.

It could certainly be a fascinating story and would allow McQuarrie to work on something that doesn't require huge insurance backing. And both the director and main writer are keeping it in the family, since McQuarrie's producer wife Heather and Winter's own Academy Award® nominated wife and producer Rachel are on board to produce the movie.

Mission: Impossible 6, meanwhile, arrives in cinemas on 27 July next year.

Judy Greer set to return for Ant-Man And The Wasp

Marvel had a lot of news to share about Ant-Man (2015) sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp at this years San Diego Comic Con, but one nugget left out was the return of Judy Greer's Maggie Lang. Now news arrives via Deadline that she will most definitely be back for the new movie.





We are hoping that Maggie, Scott Lang's (Paul Rudd) ex-wife and mother to their daughter Cassie, will have more to do this time.

While the plot of Peyton Reed's new film is largely a secret, we do know that Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne will suit up as Wasp and that we will properly meet her mother, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer). Michael Peña and Michael Douglas as back and other new arrivals include Laurence Fishburne (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) and Randall Park ( The Interview).

Ant-Man And The Wasp will be out on 29 June next year.

First trailer and one sheet for Suburbicon arrives online

Paramount Pictures have just released their first trailer for George Clooney's (The Monuments Men) Suburbicon.





George Clooney is becoming as prolific for his work behind the camera as he is in front of it. That trend continues with crime comedy Suburbicon, Clooney's sixth film as director, which also boasts the might of a script co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen (Hail, Caesar!).

A dark crime comedy set in the 1950s, the Suburbicon of the title refers to a peaceful suburban community, full of white picket fences and manicured lawns. That peace is about to be shattered when the wife of Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) is murdered. What follows is a bloody tale of revenge against some rather unsavoury mobsters.

The script for Suburbicon dates back to 1986 – the Coen brothers wrote it shortly after completing their debut Blood Simple (1984). Clooney and his regular co-writer Grant Heslov (The Monuments Men) rewrote it, changing the setting from present day to 1959.

With Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Julianne Moore (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) also in the cast, Suburbicon will be out on 24 November in the UK, following a 27 October debut in the US.



Friday, 28 July 2017

John Powell set to score Han Solo Star Wars standalone

Once upon a time, there was only ever one name in providing the music for the big Star Wars films –  John Williams. Now, the anthology movies are changing that, with Michael Giacchino having worked on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and news via The Star Wars Show that John Powell (How To Train Your Dragon) will craft the themes for the still untitled Han Solo standalone film.





Powell is a veteran music man, having worked on movies such as the The Bourne Identity (2002), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Green Zone (2010) and How To Train Your Dragon (2010), for which has was Academy Award® nominated.

This will mark the first time he scores for Ron Howard (Rush), who took over directing the film after original filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) were fired following several disagreements.




In related Han Solo news, Howard has taken to Twitter to announce that Warwick Davis, who he worked with on Willow (1988) is collaborating with him again on the film.


The movie is still on course to arrive on 25 May next year.

Director shortlist announced for 25th James Bond movie

As we learnt recently, James Bond will return in 2019 – and now word comes from Variety that Eon, who own the rights to the franchise, have shortlisted three potential directors to helm the new film.





According to the trade mag, French director Yann Demange is currently the frontrunner for the gig. Best known for his work on blistering Northern Ireland set thriller '71 (2014), he also worked on British TV shows like Top Boy and Charlie Brooker's Dead Set. Demange recently finished filming White Boy Rick, a crime drama with Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club).

Other names apparently in the running include Scottish director David Mackenzie, riding high off the success of neo-Western Hell Or High Water (2016), and French Canadian wunderkind Denis Villeneuve, currently preparing for the release of Blade Runner 2049, following years of critical smashes like Sicario (2015) and Arrival (2016). Both directors have busy schedules ahead, however – Mackenzie with Outlaw King, Villeneuve with a mooted Dune reboot – and Variety insists that Demange is the favourite.

As a rank outsider, the internet would have you believe that Christopher Nolan (Inception) is also in the mix. But despite expressing vague interest in a recent interview, and a fair bit of fan fervour, Eon are not thought to be considering him.

As for the thorny issue of who, exactly, will be stepping back into that tuxedo, the smart money is on Daniel Craig returning for a fifth time – though even smarter money would suggest this might be his final turn in the role. Craig will be 51 by the time the next Bond movie arrives, and famously told one interviewer he would "rather slash his wrists" than return, so if he does come back, it is likely to be his swansong.

Whatever it is called, and whoever is behind it – Eon also have to decide which studio will distribute, after Sony Pictures' contract ended in 2015 – they will have to get a move on. Bond 25 arrives in US cinemas on 8 November of 2019, landing in UK cinemas a little earlier. Expect official confirmation on all the big names very soon.

Jared Leto in talks for Bloodshot

After the backlash surrounding his portrayal of The Joker in Suicide Squad (2016), Jared Leto would be forgiven for thinking twice about comic book adaptations. He seems undeterred however, with news arriving via Deadline that he is entering talks to star in Sony Pictures' Bloodshot.





The movie based on the 1992 Valiant Comics title, created by Kevin VanHook, Yvel Guichet, Don Perlin and Bob Layton. It follows Angelo Mortalli, a former mob hit man double-crossed by the family and framed for murder. Taken into witness protection, he is betrayed again, this time by the FBI agent who was assigned to guard him, and kidnapped as part of a secret government program. His mind is wiped clean (so they think) and he is infused with nanites to turn him into a super soldier with inhuman strength and healing ability.

Of course, something goes a bit wrong and he escapes. With just fragments of his memories remaining, he goes looking for those who wronged him and tries to figure out exactly who he is... The plan is for the movie to spawn at least one sequel and eventually lead to a crossover with the Harbinger series, itself still in development.

The movie has been through several potential directors since it was set up in 2012, including Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service), who remains attached as a producer. Dave Wilson, Deadpool (2016) director Tim Miller's Blur Studios partner, is currently set to call the shots.

Paul Feig adds Henry Golding to A Simple Favour

Bridesmaids (2011) director Paul Feig already has the established likes of Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Blake Lively (The Shallows) for his latest film, A Simple Favour. Now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that he is adding someone with slightly fewer credits to his name, Henry Golding.





Feig's latest is a murder mystery thriller drawn from Darcey Bell's novel, the first of two planned books in a series. The story finds glamorous Emily asking Stephanie to pick up her son after school and Stephanie happily agreeing. Emily, you see, has a life that would make any woman jealous – she is the perfect mother with a dazzling career working for a famous fashion designer in Manhattan. Stephanie, a widow with a son in kindergarten, lonely in their Connecticut suburb, turns to her daily blog for connection and validation. Stephanie imagines Emily to be her new confidante and is shocked when the woman suddenly disappears without a trace, leaving her son and husband with no warning. The book hit shelves in March this year.

Golding, more normally found hosting TV travel shows, is at work on new movie Crazy Rich Asians, and will be play Sean, Emily's seemingly wonderful husband. Feig is preparing to start making the movie next month in Toronto.

James Cameron aiming to make new Terminator trilogy

Earlier this year it emerged that Terminator franchise father figure James Cameron was aiming to take back more control of the films' future. He was announced as developing one movie with Tim Miller (Deadpool) attached to direct, but now it appears he has bigger plans.




"I think it's fairly widely known that I don't have a lot of respect for the films that were made later," Cameron tells Australian news site news.com.au. "I was supportive at the time in each case for Arnold's (Schwarzenegger) sake because he is a close friend. He has been a mate of mine since 33 years ago so I was always supportive and never too negative. But they didn't work for me for various reasons."

So what happens next, and how can he find his happy place again? "The question is – has the franchise run its course or can it be freshened up?" continues Cameron. "Can it still have relevance now where so much of our world is catching up to what was science fiction in the first two films. We live in a world of predator drones and surveillance and big data and emergent AI.

"So I am in discussions with David Ellison, who is the current rights holder globally for the Terminator franchise and the rights in the US market revert to me under US copyright law in a year and a half so he and I are talking about what we can do. Right now we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and reinventing it."

So "leaning towards" doesn't necessarily mean that is what he will do – and we know he will be mostly overseeing, since his life is taken up with Avatar, but it is certainly possible that Cameron could be the man to restore the Terminator's glory. Or perhaps he should leave it be? As always, watch this space.

New trailer and one sheet for Marjorie Prime arrives online

FilmRise have just released their first trailer and one sheet for Michael Almereyda's (Experimenter) Marjorie Prime.





Charlie Brooker and his Black Mirror team create movie length episodes, but they have yet to transfer the series to the big screen. If they did, however, it might look a little something like Marjorie Prime, which stars Jon Hamm and Lois Smith.

The story finds 86-year-old Marjorie (Smith) spending her remaining days happy with a computerised version of her late husband Walter (Hamm). Drawn from her memories and input from her family, the intent is for the virtual creation to develop a deeper understanding of their shared history and to help with Marjorie's own memory.

But not all recollections are pleasant, and Marjorie's daughter Tess (Geena Davis) is none too keen on the digitally recreated version of her late father...

With Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Stephanie Andujar (Precious) and Hannah Gross (I Used to Be Darker) also in the cast, Marjorie Prime is out in the US on limited release now. There is no news of a UK release date as yet.




Thursday, 27 July 2017

Anne Hathaway in talks for new Barbie movie

=Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) was briefly attached to play a main character in the Barbie movie, but she has since left the film. Now, though, the producers must be hoping their next possibility comes through, with news arriving via The Ankler that Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) is in early talks.





The news has first been reported by The Ankler, so we don't have much in the way of verification yet, but trade magazines are also reporting the news.

The Barbie movie has been in development for a while and is reportedly churning through scripts and concepts, but clearly all involved – including former Sony Pictures boss Amy Pascal – think that they might have hit on something, and an idea that would appear to Hathaway. Still, now the question is whether her own schedule will accommodate it. Director Alethea Jones (Lemonade Stand), who has Fun Mom Dinner incoming, is in talks to direct, but everything is still up in the air.

Naturally, there is no word on a release date yet. Hathaway has Ocean's Eight due next year and is filming Steven Knight's (Peaky Blinders) new thriller Serenity.

Rick Famuyiwa set to direct Son Of Shaolin

While there will probably be a support group's worth of directors who were attached to the DC Extended Universe version of The Flash one day, a former potential candidate – Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), is moving on to other things. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that he is now in talks to make Son Of Shaolin.




Dwayne Johnson's (San Andreas) Seven Bucks company nabbed the rights to Jay Longino and Caanan White's graphic novel a year ago, and The Rock, alongside company president Dany Garcia, have set it up with Sony Pictures.

Son Of Shaolin blends Shaolin mythology with the story of a group of teens whose neighbourhood is undergoing gentrification. Our hero is a street artist struggling to make his mark (and ends meet), who discovers that he is the last of his bloodline. Oh... and he has to find a way to take down a seemingly unstoppable killer.

It certainly sounds like the right fit for Famuyiwa, but we will wait and see if he makes a deal to adapt the graphic novel from Longino's script.

Nicholas Hoult set to play young J.R.R. Tolkien for a new bopic

Unless you read up on his life, you will only likely know J.R.R. Tolkien as the man who created Middle-Earth in The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings. But now news arrives via Deadline that his life outside the books will be explored in a new biopic with Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) in talks to take the titular role.





Dome Karukoski (The Home Of Dark Butterflies) is on board to direct, working from David Gleeson (Cowboys & Angels) and Stephen Beresford's (Pride) script. The film will follow Tolkien in his younger days, an orphaned author who finds friendship, love, and artistic inspiration from a group of likeminded friends. But then comes World War I, which threatens to tear them apart. These formative experiences would go on to fuel his work in the fantasy world.

Fox Searchlight are backing the new drama, which is still bubbling away in development but appears to be taking big strides towards shooting.

Hoult has a few films on the way, including another semi-biopic, Rebel In The Rye (in which he plays J.D. Salinger), The Current War and The Favourite. He will also be back as Beast for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is now shooting.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

James Bond will return in 2019

While Daniel Craig has yet to be confirmed as returning to the role, James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have announced that a new 007 movie will be on the way in 2019.





And that is almost all the information provided by today's press release by EON Productions, beyond the fact that Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, who have written or co-written recents Bond outings Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012) and SPECTRE (2015), are back on board and, one assumes, feverishly bashing away at their keyboards getting a script into shape.

It is entirely possible that Craig will be back for what is currently known as Bond 25, but we don't know who will be directing it or indeed releasing it. The release credits EON and MGM Studios, but no news of which studio will be taking on the distribution rights. Sony Pictures have had the job for the last few movies, but there has been a lot of interest from other studios as the deal recently came up for renegotiation.

As for when we will see this one, it is set for US release on 8 November of 2019, with the caveat that it will be in UK cinemas before that. As always, watch this space.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

New one sheet for Only The Brave arrives online

Sony Pictures have just released their first one sheet for Joseph Kosinski's (Tron: Legacy) Only The Brave.





With the wild weather conditions around the world, we have all been reminded of the heroic work of first responders and those who willingly put themselves in harm's way to protect others.

Only The Brave follows the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group within the Prescott Fire Department in Arizona specialising in battling wildfires. They were sent into action in June 2013 against the Yarnell Hill Fire, which threatened the Arizona town of Yarnell.

Josh Brolin (Gangster Squad) plays the leader of the ragtag team, who had been training hard for the likelihood of just such a fire, but even they didn't realise the toll it might take, despite earning a reputation as the 'Seal Team Six of firefighters'. Miles Teller (Whiplash) is a new recruit, Brendan 'Donut' McDonough, looking to help his family with the dangerous job.

Joseph Kosinski directs this one, which also features Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Jennifer Connelly Blood Diamond), Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings And A Funeral) and James Badge Dale (World War Z).

Only The Brave will arrive in UK cinemas on 10 November.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

New character one sheet for Kingsman: The Golden Circle arrive online

20th Century Fox have just released a batch of character one sheets for Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) follow-up Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

























It was perhaps the worst kept secret in the world of movies, teased last year with a poster featuring the quote 'Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated'. But now it is official, with 20th Century Fox releasing their latest one sheet for Kingsman: The Golden Circle with Firth once again taking top billing.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle reunites director Vaughn with his regular screenwriter Jane Goldman, and returning cast members Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson and Edward Holcroft.

This time around, Egerton's gentleman spy Eggsy joins forces with the Kingsman's US counterparts, the Statesmen, to stop the machinations of Poppy (Julianne Moore.) Vaughn has gathered quite the cast around them, with Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Halle Berry (Cloud Atlas), Pedro Pascal (Game Of Thrones) and Elton John. No, seriously, Elton John. That Elton John.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle arrives in cinemas 20 September.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

New one sheet for It arrives online

Warner Bros have just released their latest one sheet for Andrés Muschietti's (Mama) It.





September 2017 looks set to be a tough time at the movies for those of you suffering from coulrophobia. Because a particularly demonic clown will be stalking our screens in the new film adaption of Stephen King's It.

The new take on King's horror classic – which faces comparisons to the cult TV movie that starred Tim Curry as the grinning terror – kicks off in the 1980s, shifting the original book's 1950s setting. But the place remains the same, the seemingly quiet town of Derry, Maine that harbours a dark secret – adults and children seem to disappear and die at an alarming rate.

It will take a group of kids known as the Losers' Club to figure out – Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly (Sophia Lillis), Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Stanley (Wyatt Oleff), Mike (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Henry (Nicolas Hamilton) – who in addition to dealing with growing pains and bullies, must confront the true horror – Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), who has a 30-year cycle of haunting the town from the sewers and beyond.

Mama (2013) director Andrés Muschietti is in the director's chair for the long gestating film version, the first of two planned movies that cover the different parts of the story. The second movie will find the Losers' Club grown up, with no memory of Pennywise, as the threat returns...

It has set its sights on an 8 September release.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

New quad poster for The Wall arrives online

Amazon Studios have just released their latest quad poster for Doug Liman's (Edge Of Tomorrow) war thriller The Wall.





Doug Liman has uncovered The Bourne Identity (2002) and travelled to the Edge Of Tomorrow (2014) – now he is about to climb The Wall.

Set during the Iraq War, The Wall stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) and John Cena (Trainwreck) as two US soldiers who find themselves trapped by a lethal Iraqi sniper, with only a small concrete wall between them. When the sniper makes contact with them via radio, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.

The film is based on a speculative script by Dwain Worrell (Operator), one which appeared on the Black List's annual collection of best unproduced screenplays back in 2014.

Produced in part by Amazon Studios, The Wall arrives in US cinemas 12 May on limited release before heading to our shores 28 July.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

George A. Romero: Horror movie maestro dies aged 77

A master of genre filmmaking, an inspiration for legions of those who would follow him and a genuinely humble, gentle, thoughtful man has left us. George A. Romero was 77.





George Andrew Romero was born in New York City in 1940. He fostered a love of film from an early age, and would regularly ride in to Manhattan to rent film reels he could watch at home. For his education, he attended Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, and after graduation he dived into filmmaking, shooting short films and adverts. An early assignment was working on classic US kids' series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, for which Romero filmed a segment in which the titular character had his tonsils removed.

He made his name with his first film, Night Of The Living Dead (1968), co-written with John A. Russo and shot at such a low budget that he ended up working many of the jobs on the set himself. It became an instant classic and launched practically its own sub-genre of horror. He followed that with a few films that were less successful, but a few stand out including The Crazies (1973) and Martin (1978). That year also saw the release of Dawn Of The Dead, another entry in his zombie franchise and, itself followed by Day Of The Dead (1985).

Other movies included Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988), Bruiser (2000), Land Of The Dead (2005) and Diary Of The Dead (2007). His films have been endlessly remade and copied, and he became the inspiration for a raft of other directors, writers and performers.

Romero famously found the meaning in the monsters and his movies showed depth and thought, avoiding basic gore and terror. "I grew up on these slow-moving-but-you-can't-stop-them creatures, where you've got to find the Achilles' heel, or in this case, the Achilles' brain," Romero told the LA Times back in 2005. "In the remake they're just dervishes, you don't recognize any of them, there's nothing to characterize them... But I like to give even incidental zombies a bit of identification. I just think it's a nice reminder that they're us. They walked out of one life and into this."

"Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero passed away on Sunday, July 16, listening to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero at his side," said a statement from his family. "He died peacefully in his sleep, following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer, and leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time."

Fellow film directors including Max Landis (Chronicle) and Jordan Peele (Get Out) paid tribute to Romero on Twitter.

Director and producer Eli Roth (Hostel) wrote: "Just heard the news about George Romero. Hard to quantify how much he inspired me & what he did for cinema. Condolences to his family."

He continued in a thread of tweets: "Romero used genre to confront racism 50 years ago. He always had diverse casts, with Duane Jones as the heroic star of NOTLD."

Roth said that "very few others in cinema were taking such risks" and that Romero "as "both ahead of his time and exactly what cinema needed at that time".

Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead) wrote that "he couldn't into one tweet" how he felt, so he wrote a blog post in memory of Romero.

He said: "It's fair to say that without George A. Romero, I would not have the career that I have now. A lot of people owe George a huge debt of gratitude for the inspiration. I am just one of many."

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

imdb.com

Sunday, 16 July 2017

New one sheet for Ferdinand arrives online

20th Century Fox have just released their latest one sheet for Carlos Saldanha's (Rio) Ferdinand.





Inspired by the 1936 children's book The Story Of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, the film introduces us to Ferdinand (John Cena), a giant bull with an even bigger heart. Rather than getting in the bullfighting ring, he is happy to spend time making friends and smelling flowers. But when he is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and taken from his home. To get back, he will need help from a misfit team and more courage than he is used to summoning.

The voice cast for this one also includes Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters), David Tennant (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire), Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones Diary) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), and the movie will be out on 15 December. Which means it will be going up against Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That is certainly one brave bull...

Stunning new one sheets for War For The Planet Of The Apes arrive online

20th Century Fox have just released a beautifully shot series of new one sheets for Matt Reeves' Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) follow-up, War For The Planet Of The Apes.

















Directed once again by Reeves, War For The Planet Of The Apes finds ape leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his intelligence boosted simian brethren forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

With Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club) also in the cast, alongside returning ape performers Judy Greer, Karin Konoval and Terry Notary (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes), War For The Planet Of The Apes is out in cinemas now.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

New one sheet for War For The Planet Of The Apes arrives online

20th Century Fox have just released their latest one sheet for Matt Reeves' Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) follow-up, War For The Planet Of The Apes.





Directed once again by Reeves, War For The Planet Of The Apes finds ape leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his intelligence boosted simian brethren forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

With Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club) also in the cast, alongside returning ape performers Judy Greer, Karin Konoval and Terry Notary (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes), War For The Planet Of The Apes will arrive in cinemas 14 July.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Roddy McDowall's home movie from The Planet Of The Apes

By most accounts, when Roddy McDowall appeared on The Carol Burnett Show in full Planet Of The Apes (1968) makeup, the host was genuinely frightened, a testament to the extraordinary work of legendary, Academy Award® winning makeup artist John Chambers – who as Ben Affleck's Argo (2012) reveals, also did work for the CIA. The character actor McDowall spent a good portion of his film career in makeup, most memorably as the characters Cornelius, Caesar, and Galen on the Planet Of The Apes series. A home movie buff and photographer, McDowall documented the lengthy process of his Apes' makeup, applied here by artist Don Cash and his assistants.





Shot and edited by McDowall, and set to excerpts from the dramatic Jerry Goldsmith film score, the footage also includes a quick shot of Maurice Evans in the first minute, gamely smoking a cigarette in full Dr. Zaius makeup.

The Planet Of The Apes franchise is one of the most successful and long running science fiction series of all time. Adapted from a 1963 novel by French writer Pierre Boulle, the original 1968 film spawned four sequels, Tim Burton's 2001 remake, the 2011 prequel Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, its sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) and War Of The Planet Of The Apes, which is out in cinemas now.



Saturday, 8 July 2017

Spectacular new one sheet for Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives online

Sony Pictures and Marvel have just released a glorious new one sheet 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 is out in cinemas now.

New one sheet for The Dark Tower arrives online

Sony Pictures have just released their latest one sheet for Nikolaj Arcel's (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) The Dark Tower.




Finally headed our way after several versions failed to ignite, the cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's epic The Dark Tower series is finally heading to screens.

The Dark Tower promises a subtly different origin story for the conflict between Roland Deschain, know as The Gunslinger (Idris Elba), and warlock Walter, The Man In Black (Matthew McConaughey), who brought chaos and destruction to a realm known as Mid-World. Walter's current target is the Dark Tower, which maintains order in the various realms and multiverses, and Deschain's target is... Walter.

The first movie finds Walter on the hunt for Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) who posses 'The Shine' (you might recognise the power from another slightly well known King story), which could help destroy the Tower's support and allow Walter to bring his particular brand of apocalypse to other realms.

The Dark Tower will arrive in cinemas 28 July.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Is Neill Blomkamp about to revolutionise the film industry?

Hollywood is a business in which there are no guarantees. Filmmakers and producers pour huge amounts of time, energy and money into projects in an industry where success is measured in box office dollars. But what if you could make an entire catalogue of short films and select the best for feature development? This is the idea behind Oats Studios, an experimental new production company seeking to take unpredictability out of the equation.





Created by South African-Canadian writer and director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) in early 2017, Oats Studios is a creative collective with a focus on nurturing both emerging and established talent. Oats Studios: Volume 1 is set to contain four 20 minute films, all within the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres, interspersed with shorter, even stranger films.

So far the first two main shorts have been released, Rakka and Firebase, alongside a two-minute spoof of an American infomercial. All are free to watch at oatsstudios.com, as well as Steam and YouTube. Blomkamp has also made all components of the films – from raw footage to computer generated 3D models – available to download to encourage users to create new films or even video games.

The potential benefits of this scheme are twofold – first it enables Blomkamp to obtain feedback from a much broader audience via online forums and YouTube comments; second, the collaborative nature of the studio's creative process will allow him to, in his own words, "interact with the audience directly, in a way that Hollywood doesn't really do."

Going further than this, Blomkamp says he wants to build up an archive of work much like a sculptor or painter, who might typically have "three or four hundred incomplete oil paintings or half-done sculptures lying around in their house." Clearly willing to experiment, Blomkamp's studio has opened up the doors to such possibilities.

This doesn't feel like a vanity project but a genuine attempt to do something radical within a risk averse industry. In terms of his own filmmaking career, Blomkamp is hopeful that Oats Studios will enable him to deliver his next feature to a ready made fanbase. Yet while the prospect of a mainstream director effectively bypassing Hollywood is certainly intriguing, at this early stage it remains to be seen just how practical it is.

It is worth noting that Blomkamp has a history of transitioning from shorts to features, having developed his viral hit, Alive in Joburg (2005), into the critically acclaimed District 9 (2009). Although this is common practice for filmmakers nowadays, what Blomkamp is attempting here is much more ambitious than your average upscaling project.

Of course one glaring problem, which Blomkamp has openly admitted, is that Oats Studios' "business model is to set fire to money right now." Funding the company out of his own pocket is clearly not sustainable in the long term, so a steady revenue stream will need to be established soon. One option (and possibly the most viable) is that after Volume 1, all future films will be released behind a paywall. With enough audience support to eventually fund the first feature that could in turn fund follow-up Volumes, Oats Studios could feasibly become self-sustaining within the next few years. This is a fairly big gamble, however, and is being treated as such.

Of course, streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon have already proven that traditional theatrical distribution isn't necessarily the safest model. Oats Studios' trial and error structure, on the other hand, is a lot more unstable – but if Blomkamp's next feature is a success, it will be interesting to see whether or not other filmmakers and studios follow suit. In any case, we are certainly excited to see what kind of impact Blomkamp's latest venture will ultimately have on the industry.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Two new one sheets for Transformers: The Last Knight arrive online

Paramount Pictures have just released two new one sheets for Michael Bay's Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014) follow-up Transformers: The Last Knight.








The fifth Transformers instalment finds the relationship between Transformers and humans at an all-time low, with war raging and Optimus Prime still gone, off in space. The answer to saving the future may lie in the past, and humanity will need an unlikely alliance, including Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins), professor Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock) and Lt. Colonel William Lennox (Josh Duhamel). Quite what it all means, and how King Arthur fits into the story remains to be seen.

Expect the usual Bayhem, who is saying once again that he is handing the reins off after this one, looking to finish his time at the Transformers helm with a bang.

With a script by Matt Holloway, Art Marcum (Iron Man), and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Transformers: The Last Knight will explode into cinemas on 23 June.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Wreck-It Ralph sequel to be called Ralph Breaks The Internet

CinemaCon is happening in Las Vegas this week with many of the major studios making announcements for their future projects. And while we already knew that a Wreck-It Ralph (2012) sequel was in the works, now we have a title – Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2





As you may be able to deduce from the title (and a previously sketched plot idea), the film finds familiar characters such as Ralph (John C. Reilly), Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer) and Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) exploring a much wider digital world than before.


"To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore," says returning co-director Rich Moore. "Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know – the internet – but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way." In other words, how many jokes about the cruder side of the internet can the gang sneak in this time. Phil Johnston, who was a writer on the original, is co-directing this one.

Ralph Breaks The Internet downloads onto US screens on 9 March 2018 before arriving on our side of the pond on 23 March 2018.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

New one sheet for Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives online

Sony Pictures and Marvel have just released their latest one sheet 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.