Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Nicolas Cage set to star in The Humanity Bureau

It often feels as though we hear about a new Nicolas Cage (Kick-Ass) role every week or so, but here he is again, about to start work on a movie. News arrives via Deadline that Cage will star in science fiction thriller The Humanity Bureau.

Rob W. King (Something More) is directing the movie, which has a script by Dave Schultz (Rufus). The Humanity Bureau is set in 2030, when the Earth is wracked by the effects of intense global warming. As part of the American Midwest descend into panic during a massive recession, the government forms the eponymous agency to identify members of society it deems unproductive and exiling them to a colony known as New Eden.

Cage will be a caseworker investigating the case of a single mother (Sarah Lind) and her son (Jakob Davies), who have been sentenced to banishment. He will have to figure out what is really going on and save their lives.

With Hugh Dillon (Surveillance) also in the cast, the film is currently shooting in Canada and will likely hit screens later this year.

Cage is currently on our screens in Dog Eat Dog and has several films on the way, including Larry Charles' (Borat) Army Of One.

Jodie Foster set to star in Drew Pearce's Hotel Artemis

Since he scored the job of co-writing Iron Man 3 (2013) and worked on drafts for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) and some other high profile movies, talented scribe Drew Pearce has largely stayed off the radar, directing music videos and writing other projects. Now news arrives via Deadline that he is set to make his film directing debut with Hotel Artemis and has Jodie Foster (Elysium) on board to star.

Pearce has also scripted this one, which is still largely wrapped in mystery, but which Deadline has leaned is "a near-future thriller in its own, distinctive crime universe." So we don't yet know whether Foster will be investigating a crime, falling victim to it or anything beyond the fact that she is playing a character called The Nurse. "Jodie Foster is an icon, pure and simple," says Pearce. "She's an extraordinary artist, and to be working with one of the all-time greats on my first feature as a director is an absolute honour."

Simon and Stephen Cromwell (The Ink Factory) are backing the film, which should be shooting in June this year. Foster most recently took her latest turn behind the camera, bringing us financial hostage drama Money Monster (2016).

Bradley Cooper and Gavin O'Connor working on Atlantic Wall

Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) and director Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) have almost worked together before in past, but the collaboration fell through after Cooper departed troubled Western Jane Got A Gun (2013). Now they have a new shot, with news arriving via Deadline they are set to work together on World War II drama Atlantic Wall.

Production company Imperative Entertainment bought writer Zach Dean's concept when it was still just a pitch and have since developed the script. Atlantic Wall follows a lone American paratrooper trapped behind enemy lines in the crucial hours before D-Day. He has to deliver important intelligence while also feeling the pull of duty to a murdered ally in protecting the dead friend's young son.

"We're thrilled Imperative is bringing Atlantic Wall to life on screen with a talented filmmaker like Gavin," producer Dan Friedkin tells Deadline. "Bradley's phenomenal track record speaks for itself. He's perfect to portray our complicated, often reluctant hero. We can't imagine better creative partners."

It is clearly early days for the project, though, and given Cooper's busy schedule making the new A Star Is Born, the pair won't start work on this until 2018.

Joaquin Phoenix set to star in long gestating Gus Van Sant film

Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant haven't worked together on a movie since To Die For (1995), which helped kick Phoenix's career to a new level. But that collaborative drought might finally becoming to an end, with news arriving via Variety that Phoenix is set to star in Van Sant's biopic of controversial US cartoonist John Callahan.

The artist's story is one seemingly tailor made for the biopic treatment – diving into drink and drugs before he turned 18, an alcohol fuelled car accident left him a quadriplegic at 21. He met the challenges of his life and became a cartoonist unafraid to tackle tough subjects such as race and disability – even if meant calls to boycott him. His work was published in the New Yorker, Penthouse and Playboy among others, and he died in 2010.

Callahan published an autobiography, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot (named for one of his famous pieces) in 1989 and filmmakers have been trying to make a movie of it since then. Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting) was a particular fan, and had been trying to get the film version made for several years, with Van Sant first approached about directing it in the early 2000s. But it never came together. Now, though, Anonymous Content and Iconoclast Films are trying to put the pieces together at last and seems closer than ever. It is not the first time that the actor and director have tried to reunite, though – Phoenix was to play the lead in Van Sant's The Sea Of Trees (2015) before dropping out, and given the savage critical and poor commercial reception of that one, he might be happy he never ended up starring.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Michael Huisman set for The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

After lingering for a while in development limbo, the adaptation of Annie Barros and Mary Ann Schaffer's The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society finally seems to be picking up some momentum again, with Mike Newell (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire) directing and Lily James (Cinderella) scoring the lead. Now the filmmakers have found her a co-star, with news arriving via The Hollywood Reporter that Game Of Thrones veteran Michael Huisman is set to join.

Adapted by writer and director Don Roos (The Opposite Of Sex) from the 2009 tome with a more recent draft by Tom Bezucha (The Family Stone), the film will see James play writer Juliet Ashton, who wrote magazine columns during World War II. In the aftermath of the conflict, she is contacted by Channel Islander Dawsey Adams, who tells her the intriguing tale of the book society formed to help undercut the Nazi presence on Guernsey. Ashton decides to investigate, and romance blossoms...

There is no sign yet of when the movie will kick off shooting, but Huisman has been keeping himself busy with several new acting gigs, including Saving Private Ryan cinematographer Janusz Kaminski's (1998) latest directorial outing American Dream.

Dan Trachtenberg in talks to direct Houdini

It was back in 2014 Johnny Depp (Alice In Wonderland) began talks to play famed illusionist and escapologist Harry Houdini for director Dean Parisot (RED 2). Things had gone awfully quiet since then. Now the project appears to be springing back to life, with word arriving via Deadline that Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) is currently in talks to call the shots.

Depp appears to be long gone (unless Trachtenberg's name is enough to lure him back), but it is the latest twist for a story that has seen various directors, including Joe Wright (Atonement) and Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), interested over the years. Back in 2009, Summit Entertainment picked up the rights to William Kalush and Larry Sloman's book The Secret Life Of Houdini: The Making Of America's First Superhero, which hit bookshelves in 2006 and caused ripples by adding to claims that the escape artist (birth name Erik Weisz) was an undercover agent for various organisations. The pair claims that he not only worked with British Intelligence, but the US Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies.

It certainly makes sense that Lionsgate (which bought Summit) would want to keep trying with this one – Houdini remains a compelling subject for both movies and TV, with a variety of creative types tying to bring him to the screen again.

Tom Holland set to join Daisy Ridley in Chaos Walking

He already has one person associated with a massive franchise in his Chaos Walking cast, and now Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow) is looking to add another. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Tom Holland (The Impossible) is in talks to join Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) in the young adult adaptation.

The film, based on A Monster Calls writer Patrick Ness' dystopian novels, has been in the works for a while now, going through at least one other director and seeing script drafts from Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) and Jamie Linden (Money Monster).

Ness' trilogy – The Knife Of Never Letting Go, The Ask And The Answer and Monsters Of Men – finds humankind in a dark future, colonising a distant planet after the Earth has been ruined. When an infection called the Noise strikes, all thoughts become audible and chaos follows.

A corrupt autocrat takes the chance to seize control of the human settlements in order to launch a strike on native alien race the Spackles, blaming them for the infection that is apparently killing human women. Young Todd Hewitt (Holland, assuming he signs on), the only boy in a town solely comprised of men, rebels to stop the oncoming destruction. Going on the run with his dog, he teams up with a mysterious girl (Ridley), who is the source of a precious patch of silence.

With the casting finally falling into place, it would seem that Chaos Walking is finally ready to get moving itself. Holland, of course, is the current Spider-Man, having made his debut in Captain America: Civil War (2016). He will be back on our screens as the friendly neighbourhood web slinger in Spider-Man: Homecoming, due on our screens 7 July.

New IMAX one sheet for The Lego Batman Movie arrives online

Warner Bros have recently released their IMAX one sheet for Chris McKay's (Robot Chicken) The Lego Batman Movie.

The Lego Batman Movie finds Will Arnett's self-obsessed Caped Crusader facing off against The Joker (Zach Galifianakis), who considers himself well-placed to be Batman's big nemesis, much to the Dark Knight's displeasure and disagreement.

And that is just one thing annoying Batman. There is also Robin (Michael Cera), who he mistakenly adopted at a charity event and is now being forced to raise as his ward.

With the likes of Ralph Fiennes (SPECTRE), Rosario Dawson (Trance) and Jenny Slate (The Secret Life Of Pets) also lending their voices to the diminutive DC Comics characters, The Lego Batman Movie will fly into UK cinemas on February 10.

New quad poster for Silence arrives online

Paramount Pictures have recently released their latest quad poster for Martin Scorsese's (The Wolf Of Wall Street) Silence.

Adapted by Jay Cocks (Gangs Of New York) from Shûsaku Endô's novel, Silence has been a passion project of the director's for over thirty years. It follows two Jesuit missionaries – Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider- Man) and Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) – who go looking for their mentor (Liam Neeson) in 17th century Nagasaki, Japan, and encounter violent persecution.

Silence is out in cinemas now.

New trailer and one sheets for Menorca arrive online

Farpoint Films have recently released their latest red band trailer and one sheets for John Barnard's (The Sheepdogs Have At It) Menorca.

Written and directed by John Barnard, Menorca finds Tammy Gillis (Unleashing Mr. Darcy) as Claire, a hedonistic soccer mom who embarks on a strange journey of self discovery as she seeks to reconnect with her estranged son by returning his pet rock back to the Spanish island of Menorca

With Sheila Campbell (The Editor), Logan Creran (The Other Side Of The Door) and Dorothy Carroll also in cast, Menorca is out in the US now on limited release, but has yet to secure a UK release date.

New one sheet for The Comedian arrives online

Sony Pictures Classics have recently released their first one sheet for Taylor Hackford's (The Devil's Advocate) The Comedian.

The Comedian finds Robert De Niro (Heat) as Jackie Burke, an aging comic icon who has clearly seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in each other.

With the likes of Billy Crystal (Analyze This) The Comedian arrives in US cinemas on 3 February but has yet to secure a UK release date.

New one sheet for Cars 3 arrives online

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios' have recently released their first one sheet for storyboard artist Brian Fee's directorial debut Cars 3.

They may not enjoy the same critical, and indeed commercial reputation as some of their Pixar stablemates on purely theatrical terms, but there is no denying that the Cars films bring in serious dollars when it comes to toys and other spin-offs. But the Emeryville team doesn't just think of that aspect, and the story for Cars 3 seems to be headed down a slightly darker path.

Darker, of course, is relative, but this is a series of films that hasn't strayed from oddly dark themes – witness a car being tortured in the James Bond riffing Cars 2 (2011). This time around, the film is focusing on Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), once the young hotshot of the track, now an older veteran struggling to keep up with the competition. He is especially challenged by newcomer Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) and will need a little help from technician Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) if he is to match up.

Cars 3 will arrives in cinemas on 14 July.

New one sheet for Split arrives online

Universal Pictures have recently released their latest one sheet M. Night Shyamalan's (The Visit) Split.

M. Night Shyamalan scored a much needed return to critical kudos last year with The Visit (2015). Now he is back in low budget Blumhouse thriller territory with James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) in Split.

Split sees McAvoy playing Kevin, a man whose psychologist (Betty Buckley) has identified 23 individual personalities occupying his brain. But Kevin's issue is no mere psychological condition – his body chemistry actually changes with each identity. Most of them appear to be harmless, there is one that has recently started to emerge and which dominates the others. This one has malicious, mysterious intent pulsing through him, and Kevin abducts three teenage girls – including Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) – for reasons that he won't immediately reveal. But several of Kevin's personalities reference The Beast.

Split is out in cinemas now.

New featurette for The Mummy arrives online

Following in the footsteps of their recent trailer, Universal Pictures have released a new featurette for Alex Kurtzman's (People Like Us) The Mummy, which takes a look behind the making of the movie and inside the launch of their rebooted Monster Movie franchise.

As Universal Pictures prepares to breath new life into their classic monster creature features while combining them into the current hot trend for shared cinematic universes, The Mummy represents one of the big main shots at launching this linked set of stories.

With Tom Cruise (Edge Of Tomorrow) as soldier Nick Morton and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) playing the title character, Ahmanet, the stage is set for a sandstorm of new action and chases as the supernatural threat re-emerges. It is just the latest take on a story that has been told many times on screen, though this one will mean another new start, ignoring the more recent Stephen Sommers movies. Cruise has a brush with death and Russell Crowe's (Man Of Steel) Dr. Jekyll welcomes him to a world of gods and monsters.

Alex Kurtzman directs from a script that has been work from Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), and The Mummy will be out on 9 June.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

"I guess I'll see you in the movies."

Pure unadulterated joy is in short supply these days, both on the big screen and off. Which makes Damien Chazelle's irresistible La La Land all the more cherishable. More than just a glorious throwback to the great MGM musicals, it is a funny Valentine to the entire history of the genre, as light on its feet as Fred Astaire, as big in its heart as Judy Garland. Just as Chazelle's Whiplash (2014) was intense, La La Land, especially in its first half, is footloose and fancy free, buoyed by a clutch of great new songs and carried by the chemistry of a career best Emma Stone (The Help) and Ryan Gosling (Drive).

The movie gets a lot of flavour from its twisted heritage. A US indie makeover of a French New Wave take on a classic American genre, part New York, New York (1977), part The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (1964), part Singin' In The Rain (1952). A bigger budgeted upgrade on Chazelle's musical short Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench (2009), the story – aspiring actress Mia (Stone) meets frustrated jazz pianist Seb (Gosling), and sparks fly until career aspirations get in the way – is simplicity itself, enlivened by some Tarantinoesque narrative tricks. The film's unpredictable genius is present in its opening sequence. On paper, the idea of an LA freeway traffic jam bursting out into song and dance sounds insufferable, as a solitary singer snowballs into the world's best flash mob perfectly captured by Chazelle's sinuous camera work, it is a pirouetting riot of colour and euphoria. Subsequently Chazelle fully embraces the corny, but for all the film's love of retro, it is certainly not dusty. Chazelle's staging and wit make the vintage feel new.

With its vivid lensing, colour coded costumes and striking production design that glides from enhanced naturalism to Technicolor soundstage spectacle, La La Land brims with such indelible moments. Like his protagonists, Chazelle shoots for the stars, at one point even allowing Mia and Seb to shake off gravity as they visit Griffith Observatory so they can dance amid dazzling constellations.

Much of this bright, shiny quality is also down to its leads. Following pairings in Crazy Stupid Love (2011) and Gangster Squad (2013), Stone and Gosling have chemistry and charisma to spare. It would be easy to diminish Mia as simply a lively, quick witted type, but Stone spools through many colours, from luminous to spirited to distraught – her wistful rendition of ballad Audition (The Fools Who Dream) and a soul baring audition to match Naomi Watts' unforgettable showcase in Mulholland Drive (2001).

No lesser talents than Francis Ford Coppola (One From the Heart) and Scorsese (New York, New York) have been here before, freighting Golden Era-style musicals with anguish, resentment and failure. But for all their joys (and sorrows), those films didn't have Justin Hurwitz's numbers, by turns buoyant, bombastic, flirtatious, nostalgic and mournful.

If Stone is the film's heart, Gosling is the sardonic soul, caught between art and commerce, as moody as the genre will allow. Both Stone and Gosling can carry a tune with any splinters in their voices only adding to the ardour and fragility. They also dance beautifully, making up in style and elegance what their choreographed routines lack in complexity.

Like Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You (1996), this is a musical about feeling, not finish, and a magic hour soft-shoe shuffle backdropped by the glimmering lights of LA is impossibly romantic.

La La Land does feel somewhat drawn out in places and, embroiled in the bittersweet drama of Seb and Mia's relationship, almost forgets to be a musical during the final third. But this doesn't detract from the film's mighty charms. A film about love made with love, it is hard to imagine any 2017 movie will leave you on a higher high.

Audacious, retro, joyous and heartbreaking, personal and universal, La La Land is the latest great musical for people who don't like musicals – and will slap a mile wide smile across the most miserable of faces.

Sir John Hurt: Bafta Award winning actor dies aged 77

Less than a week after his birthday, veteran actor Sir John Hurt has died at the age of 77.

The prolific actor of stage and screen had suffered from pancreatic cancer, and was forced to cancel a recent appearance in Kenneth Branagh's (Cinderella) production of The Entertainer due to ill health. In a career spanning six decades and nearly 130 film roles, Hurt's contribution to cinema lead to a knighthood, four BAFTA awards, two Academy Award® nominations, a Golden Globe, and cinematic immortality.

Lady Hurt confirmed Sir John had died on Wednesday at his home in Norfolk.

"John was the most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest of hearts and the most generosity of spirit," she said in a statement. "He touched all our lives with joy and magic and it will be a strange world without him."

Born on 22 January 1940 in Derbyshire, Hurt studied at the star making drama school RADA, and quickly won early prominent roles in British film and television during the 1960s and 1970s, notably 10 Rillington Place (1971), the landmark BBC miniseries I, Claudius, and as Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant (1975), for which Hurt won his first BAFTA, aged 35.

He became internationally recognised in 1978 with Alan Parker's Midnight Express, which earned Hurt a Golden Globe and an Academy Award® nomination. But his first truly iconic role came in 1979 with Ridley Scott's acclaimed science fiction horror Alien – eternally memorable for the shocking scene where the baby xenomorph suddenly bursts out of Hurt's chest during a relaxed meal.

Another iconic role followed in 1980 with David Lynch's The Elephant Man, where Hurt played the disfigured Victorian man John Merrick with sensitivity and rare insight. It earned Hurt his third BAFTA and another Academy Award® nod.

For a generation of children (and many adults), he was best known as Mr Ollivander, the Diagon Alley wand maker in the Harry Potter series. For others, he may be best known as the War Doctor in Doctor Who, playing the famous time-traveller in three special episodes to mark the series' 50th anniversary. Hurt's range was so immense that he could have roles in challenging, experimental material like Lars von Trier's Melancholia (2011) as easily as voicing a rabbit in Watership Down (1978).

The film critic and historian Geoff Andrew asked Hurt how he managed to regularly turn in such memorable performances.

"The only way I can describe it is that I put everything I can into the mulberry of my mind," he said, "and hope that it is going to ferment and make a decent wine. How that process happens, I'm sorry to tell you I can't describe."

Despite his ill health, he continued to work prolifically, with four of his films still to be released posthumously in the UK, including the Oscar tipped political biopic Jackie, an adaptation of the play That Good Night, and a role as Neville Chamberlain opposite Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

After his cancer diagnosis in 2015, he told the Radio Times: "I can't say I worry about mortality, but it's impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it. We're all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly."

US director Mel Brooks paid tribute to Sir John, who had starred in his comedy Spaceballs (1987), saying on Twitter: "No one could have played The Elephant Man more memorably."

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, tweeted: "So very sad to hear that the immensely talented and deeply beloved John Hurt has died. My thoughts are with his family and friends."

Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter series, tweeted: "John Hurt. What an acting legend. Rest in peace dear Sir. Wand shopping won't be the same without you."

Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood said: "It was such an honor to have watched you work, sir."

British actor Alfred Molina  (An Education) said Sir John was "a gloriously talented actor, one of the best, of this or any era."

Hurt is survived by his two sons and his fourth wife, of 12 years, Anwen Rees-Myers, a former actress and classical pianist.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.


"If something were to happen to you, I could never forgive myself."

Universal Pictures have recently released their latest trailer and one sheet for James Foley's (At Close Range) Fifty Shades Darker.

The emotional fallout of Fifty Shades Of Grey continues here, as a wounded Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian's past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

The likes of Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini are also back, joined by Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential), Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) and Eric Johnson (The Knick).

Fifty Shades Darker will be with us on 10 February.

First trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight arrives online

Paramount Pictures have recently released their first trailer for Michael Bay's Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014) follow-up Transformers: The Last Knight.

The time-travelling storyline remains veiled in secrecy, though we do know that the fifth Transformers instalment will see Laura Haddock (Da Vinci's Demons), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock) and Liam Garrigan (Once Upon A Time) join Wahlberg's Cade Yeager and franchise mainstays Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson.

With Michael Bay back in the driving seat, the Bayhem will this time be written by three scriptwriters entirely new to the franchise – Matt Holloway and Art Marcum (Iron Man), and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down).

Transformers: The Last Knight will explode into cinemas on 23 June.

New trailer and one sheet for The Circle arrives online

EuropaCorp have recently released their first trailer and one sheet for James Ponsoldt's (The Spectacular Now) new tech thriller The Circle.

Given the amount of surveillance and the ubiquity of social media sharing, the unexamined life may well and truly be a thing of the past. But how much is too much, and what happens when privacy vanishes? That is just one idea explored by Emma Watson (The Bling Ring) and Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks) in The Circle.

Adapted from Dave Eggers' dystopian novel, The Circle finds Watson as Mae Holland, an ambitious young woman hired to work for the titular internet megacorp, which already boasts Hanks and John Boyega (as the visionary behind the driving idea) among its ranks. The concept behind the company is uniting users' email, social media, banking and online shopping, plus a mobile camera system in its universal operating system as one identity, with this leading to a new age of transparency and civility.

But of course, it is not that simple – and the story becomes a thriller that exploits the dangers of a digital life where all personal data is collected and pervasive surveillance means that privacy is a thing of the past. And though she is in the middle of it, the Circle might not have her best interests at heart...

"When Dave's book came out, it felt like speculative fiction, the future around the corner. But shooting it, we thought of it as an alternaverse: slightly skewed, but essentially our world," Ponsoldt explained to USA Today recently. "It's a fun ride. We live through Mae. She is us. You will walk out of the theater and have a serious look at yourself and how you’re living your life." For more from the director, head to the USA Today site.

The Circle will begin downloading in US cinemas on 28 April, but has yet to announce a UK release date.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Daniella Pineda joins Jurassic World sequel

With Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) deep into preparing to make the sequel to the monster hit Jurassic World (2015), he has been steadily adding new cast members to support returning leads Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Now news arrives via Variety that he is recruiting Daniella Pineda (The Originals) for what is described as a major role in the movie.

Exactly what that means at this point is unclear, as both the plot and any character details are secreted behind giant walls to avoid them escaping and causing chaos. We can expect the usual dinosaur carnage given a fresh twist by writer and producers Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World), with Rafe Spall (Prometheus), Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Justice Smith (Paper Towns) all also in the human line-up.

Pineda's career has been weighted more towards TV until recently, and she is one of the stars of US sitcom The Detour. But she has also been seen in movies such as The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012) and Sleeping With Other People (2015).

Jurassic World's sequel promises to be something on quite another level for the actress and the movie will arrive on 22 June next year.

New trailer and one sheet for Fist Fight arrives online

Warner Bros have recently released their first trailer and one sheet for Richie Keen's (It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia) Fist Fight.

Set in a school where the problems include a dysfunctional group of teachers, a raucous student group and some real budget cuts putting jobs on the line, the story finds Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia) as mild mannered English teacher Andy Campbell who must man up when his feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), at his under performing school challenges him to a good old fashioned punch-up over a perceived sleight. There is clearly bad blood and good blood must be spilt to sort it out.

The cast – or corner people – runs pretty deep with Christina Hendricks (Drive) playing a fiery drama teacher who has the hots for Cube, with Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) also appearing.

With a script from Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, Fist Fight will arrive in the UK on 3 March.

"Welcome to a new world of Gods and Monsters."

Universal Pictures have recently released their first trailer and one sheet for Alex Kurtzman's (People Like Us) The Mummy.

As Universal Pictures prepares to breath new life into their classic monster creature features while combining them into the current hot trend for shared cinematic universes, The Mummy represents one of the big main shots at launching this linked set of stories.

With Tom Cruise (Edge Of Tomorrow) as soldier Nick Morton and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) playing the title character, Ahmanet, the stage is set for a sandstorm of new action and chases as the supernatural threat re-emerges. It is just the latest take on a story that has been told many times on screen, though this one will mean another new start, ignoring the more recent Stephen Sommers movies. Cruise has a brush with death and Russell Crowe's (Man Of Steel) Dr. Jekyll welcomes him to a world of gods and monsters.

Alex Kurtzman directs from a script that has been work from Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), and The Mummy will be out on 9 June.

"You have an atomic bomb in your bag, if anybody's gonna have tape, it's you!"

Marvel Studios have recently released their latest teaser trailer for James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) man James Gunn is currently putting the finishing touches to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, which finds the Guardians gelling a little more as a unit after their rough early days, but still more ramshackle than, say, the Avengers. They are also not exactly top notch when it comes to helping others, and an early screw up means they face the wrath of Elizabeth Debicki's (The Man From U.N.C.L.E) alien Ayesha. Plus they have to somehow team up with Michael Rooker's Yondu after his Ravagers betray him.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will see the return of Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Karen Gillan, alongside new faces Kurt Russell (Death Proof), Nathan Fillion (Slither) and Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables).

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in the UK on 28 April, before heading to the US on 5 May.

New trailer and one sheet for The Shack arrives online

Lionsgate have recently released their latest trailer and one sheet for Stuart Hazeldine's (Exam) The Shack.

Finally back behind the camera after the excellent low budget thriller Exam (2010), director Stuart Hazeldine has been working on something very different for his next movie.

Adapted from William P. Young's bestseller, The Shack sees Sam Worthington (Avatar) as Mack Phillips, a devoted husband and father who seems to have the ideal life. But when a family tragedy sends him crashing into a deep depression, he begins to question everything, including his faith.

That is when a mysterious letter – delivered by someone who appears to leave no footprints – arrives, urging him to visit an abandoned shack in the middle of rural Oregon. There, he finds three strangers led by Papa (Octavia Spencer) and discovers something that will change his understanding of the world and his life...

This is a very tricky line to walk – channelling a faith based story without falling into some of the pitfalls we have seen in similar movies. But The shack also features the likes of Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill), Tim McGraw (The Blind Side), Grahame Greene (The Green Mile) and Avraham Aviv Alush (Allenby St.), and will be out in US cinemas this March.

"At the end of the day people are out for themselves."

BH Tilt have recently released their first red band trailer for Greg McLean's (Wolf Creek) The Belko Experiment.

James Gunn might be busy putting the finishing touches to his Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) sequel, but he still managed to find time to dust off and polish a script he wrote a few years ago, and hand it to Wolf Creek's (2005) Greg McLean to direct. The result is The Belko Experiment.

Set at a facility of the non-profit Belko company in South America which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees ordered to either kill each other or be killed themselves thanks to explosive charges implanted in their heads. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belko employee. John C. McGinley (Scrubs) is socially awkward executive Wendell Dukes, a man who prefers to socialise with friends such as Barry Norris (Tony Goldwyn) and doesn't really enjoy being around his employees. Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station) plays Dany Wilkins, the new girl at the facility who is arguably about to experience the worst employee orientation of all time. And of course, there is a spot for Michael Rooker (Guardians Of The Galaxy), here as maintenance man Bud Melks.

With John Gallagher Jr., Mikaela Hoover and Abraham Benrubi also in the cast, The Belko Experiment will hit US screens on 17 March but has yet to secure a UK release.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Leslie Mann and John Cena set for new comedy The Pact

Having paid her dues writing and co-producing the Pitch Perfect movies, Kay Cannon is set to make her directorial debut with a new comedy, The Pact, announced earlier this month. She has already rounded up the first few actors for the movie, with news arriving via Variety that Leslie Mann (This Is 40), John Cena (Trainwreck) and Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad) are all signing up.

The pitch for this one is relatively straightforward – three parents learn that they daughters have sworn a pact to lose their virginities on prom night. Cue typically panicked parents, and the grown-ups racing to try and stop the young women before it is too late.

Variety's story offers no details on who will be playing what in the films, though we can well see Mann and Cena as parents – and who would want to invoke the wrath of someone who looks like him?

Despite the seemingly straightforward concept, this one has been through the writing wringer, with Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar Get the Munchies), Brian and Jim Kehoe (Overachievers) and Eben Russell (Last Man Standing) all taking a crack. We figure Cannon will have done a pass of her own.

Milo Gibson set to star in action thriller All The Devil's Men

If you are looking for that big break into acting, having a famous parent certainly doesn't hurt, though we would imagine being the spawn of Mel Gibson might not have provided the easiest ride in the last few years. Still, his son Milo Gibson, fresh off of appearing in his father's latest, Hacksaw Ridge, has scored another job, with news arriving via Variety that he is set to join action thriller All The Devil's Men.

The younger Gibson is aboard the film to play an American military bounty hunter called Collins who has to track down a disavowed CIA operative in London. He and his team – which will include Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3) – are soon locked in a deadly battle across the city with the former agent and his private army.

Matthew Hope (The Veteran) is in the director's chair, working from his own script and he has scheduled to start shooting in Brussels and the UK in February. Gibson is also appearing in new drama The Tribes Of Palos Verdes, which should be out later this year.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

New images of Kate Beckinsale in Underworld: Blood Wars arrive online

Sony Pictures have recently released our latest look at Kate Beckinsale as the vampire warrior Selene in Anna Foerster's (Criminal Minds) Underworld: Blood Wars via Empire magazine.

"She's always been really passionate, but now, in a way, she doesn't really give a shit." Explains Beckinsale. "You see a different side to her. [Her one-time mentor] Viktor has emerged as a traitor. [Her lover] Michael has disappeared. She’s had a baby that she didn’t know about."

For those keeping count, Underworld: Blood Wars is the fifth entry in the vampire horror action series, picking up where Underworld: Awakening (2012) left off – and it boasts a new director in Anna Foerster.

"With Underworld you have rules that are very specific to the franchise, but you can veer off from that," Foerster told Empire. "What I bring to this movie is a defined visual concept and some cool surprises. I think fans will see a new side to Selene."

Written by Cory Goodman, Underworld: Blood Wars finds Beckinsale back in the catsuit as the iconic Selene, who must not only battle a resurgent Lycan clan – led by the powerful Marius (Tobias Menzies) – but also the vampire faction that betrayed her. And this time around, both the shapeshifting enemies and her own side are after Selene's blood – literally: it appears to possess some special, pure powers.

Of course, she is not all that thrilled with the idea of either side – including Charles Dance's (Game Of Thrones) vampire leader – taking her life blood, especially when she now seems to be able to channel some new superpowers.

Underworld: Blood Wars will be bringing the fight to us on 3 February.

New look at Gaston in Beauty And The Beast arrives online

Walt Disney Pictures have recently released our latest look at Luke Evans' (Dracula Untold) Gaston in Bill Condon's (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) live action take on Beauty And The Beast via Empire magazine.

No one's slick as Gaston, no one's quick as Gaston, and truly, no one's neck's as incredibly thick as Gaston's – and now we have photographic evidence.

"He gets as dark as any Disney character could possibly get", says Gaston himself, Luke Evans. The character, while still comic relief, is also an ex-soldier – there are, according to Evans, several shades to him. "This is a man who, for the first time in his life, hasn't got what he wanted."

Leading lady Emma Watson (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower), meanwhile, seems to have got everything she wanted, having been a Beauty And The Beast (1991) fan as a girl. "Belle was one of my idols growing up," she tells us. "I knew every word to the animation. I was born in Paris like Belle. We both love books, obviously. She is someone who doesn't really feel like she fits in, but she finds her place in the world and uses what makes her different. She was just inspiring to me."

Walt Disney Pictures' latest transformation of one of their beloved fairy tale animations to live action, finds Watson (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) as Belle, the smart brave young woman who is sent to live with a monstrous beast (Dan Stevens). Naturally there are difficulties at first, but once we learn that the hairy creature is actually a cursed prince, the path is cleared for true love, romance and maybe a chance to reverse the evil spell.

Yet the path to happily ever after is littered with challenges, including a bitter, preening love rival in the shape of Gaston (Evans) and winning over the Beast's talking furniture, including Ewan McGregor's (The Impossible) candlestick Lumiere and Ian McKellen's (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) clock Cogsworth.

With Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games), Josh Gad (Love & Other Drugs) and Kevin Kline (The Last Of Robin Hood) also in the cast, Beauty And The Beast will arrive in cinemas on 17 March.

New look at Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in Logan arrives online

20th Century Fox have recently released our latest look at Hugh Jackman as iconic X-Man Wolverine in James Mangold's (The Wolverine) latest Wolverine solo outing, Logan, via Empire magazine.

Seen here carrying the girl known as Laura/X-23 (Dafne Keane), this is certainly a very different Wolverine to the one we are used to – greying, bearded, covered in scars... after nine films and 17 years in the role, Jackman is clearly not interested in going out with a whimper. Mangold told Empire magazine recently that he hoped to focus on the mutant's vulnerable side. "The goal was to make something human," says Mangold. "We made an effort to scale back on the gloss and greenscreen."

This certainly chimes with what we saw from page 2 of Logan's script, in which Mangold wrote: "if you're on the make for a hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying CG fuckathon, this ain't your movie."

Jackman agrees with the sentiment. "It's essential you see this as the story of a man who is struggling with mortality and legacy," explains the actor, "and whether the world has been better off with him or without him."

With Jackman set to appear for the very last time as arguably the most iconic member of the X-Men for the third Wolverine solo movie, we are expecting big things from his swan song in the role.

Patrick Stewart returns as the older Professor Xavier, while Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl), is the main villain, Richard E. Grant (Dom Hemingway) plays a mad scientist and Stephen Merchant (I Give It A Year), Eriq La Salle (ER), Elise Neal (Hustle & Flow) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (Fear The Walking Dead) are also on board.

Logan is set to arrive in UK cinemas on 3 March.

Kathleen Kennedy says Han Solo standalone will have a Western feel

As Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) continues to do considerable business at the box office, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm will no doubt be hoping to have equal success with there next Star Wars standalone following the adventures of the young Han Solo. Now Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy has been talking about what they have planned for the scruffy looking scoundrel.

In an interview with Variety, Kennedy outlined a little more about the movie's tone and style, which will be different again from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the saga stories such as Star Wars" The Force Awakens (2015). "There are other stories that we can tell in that same transportive and transcendent spirit. Going forward, you're going to see movies that shift tonally, some that are grittier and tougher, and some more comedic in nature", says Kennedy. "This moves closer to a heist or Western type feel. We've talked about Frederic Remington and those primary colors that are used in his paintings defining the look and feel of the film." You can see an example of his art below.

The Han Solo film, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), will be out 25 May 2018. Rogue One: A Story Wars Story, meanwhile, is out in cinemas now.

Chad Stahelski set to take over Highlander reboot

After almost a decade in development limbo, there is finally some movement on Lionsgate-Summit's planned Highlander (1986) reboot, with news arriving via The Hollywood Reporter that John Wick (2014) co-director Chad Stahelski is set to take on the project.

Despite the seemingly compelling concept of immortal warriors (including Christopher Lambert's Connor MacLeod in the original movies) battling for supremacy and power until only one remains, the idea has proved tricky, with directors such Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman: Winter's War) and Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) nabbing the responsibility then walking away in the past few years.

"I've been a huge fan of the original property since I saw it in high school," Stahelski tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Such great themes of immortality, love, and identity are all wrapped up in such colorful mythology. I can't think of a better property that gives the opportunity to create interesting characters, mythic themes and action set pieces." He will find and start working with writers to flesh out his vision for the new film.

After bringing the world a lethal Keanu Reeves with the first John Wick alongside David Leitch, Stahelski has directed the sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2, alone. The new movie will be out here on 17 February.

Ben Wheatley wants Tom Hiddleston to star in Hard Boiled comic adaptation

While Ben Wheatley has largely developed his own scripts alongside wife and writer Amy Jump, he has dabbled in adaptation before with High-Rise (2015), which starred Tom Hiddleston. If deals come together, Wheatley could be working on a movie based on comic book series Hard Boiled, and news arrives via Deadline that Hiddleston is being eyed as the likely star.

Warner Bros are currently deep in negotiations for the rights to the title, which was created by Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow. The series, which ran between 1990 and 1992, is set in a dystopian, near future Los Angeles where seemingly average insurance investigator Carl Seitz discovers that he is really Nixon, a homicidal cyborg tax collector – or is it Nixon discovering he is actually Carl? Either way, he becomes the last hope for an enslaved race of robots.

It certainly sounds like material Wheatley could bring something fresh to, but right now this is all still rumour and scuttlebutt as there are no finished deals in place as yet, and adaptations have been attempted before. Still, Wheatley and Hiddleston getting the gang back together? We would be happy to watch whatever they do.

In the meantime, Wheatley's next film, Free Fire, is out on 31 March.

Angela Bassett joins Black Panther

You might think that Ryan Coogler (Creed) had already finished assembling a truly exciting cast around star Chadwick Boseman (42) for Marvel's Black Panther. You would be mistaken, with Marvel announcing that Angela Bassett (Malcolm X) is now aboard.

The actress, who most recently appeared on American Horror Story and Stephen Poliakoff's Close To The Enemy, has joined Black Panther as Ramonda, who happens to be the mother of Boseman's T'Challa.

This is just the latest recruit for a cast that already includes the talents of Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Daniel Kaluuya (Kick-Ass 2), Winston Duke (Person Of Interest) and Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War).

Black Panther will, of course, chart more of T'Challa's (Boseman) story as he grapples with both his royal and warrior destiny and fights enemies old and new, including Duke's M'Baku, the leader of a rival tribe.

Coogler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole (Amber Lake) are putting the finishing touches to the script ready to start shooting early later this year for a release in 2018. The film will hit UK screens on 9 February that year before arriving in the US on 16 February.

Legendary Entertainment acquires rights to Frank Herbert's Dune

Frank Herbert's sprawling, complex Dune novels have been a tricky subject for those looking to adapt them over the years, Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo) was denied, David Lynch (Dune) was disappointed and the TV miniseries version, while more able to cope with the expansive story, never won a lot of acclaim. But the franchise spice must flow and now Legendary Entertainment have picked up the rights to at least the first book.

A deal has been struck between Legendary Entertainment – the team behind the likes of the Pacific Rim films, the new Kong and Godzilla movies and Interstellar (2014) – and the Frank Herbert estate to allow the production company to develop movie ideas and TV shows based on the struggles of the Atreides family and the war for control of the desert planet Arrakis, home to both a valuable 'Spice' that allows interstellar travel and deadly sandworms.

No filmmakers are attached as yet, and we will have to see what Legendary decide to do with the property. Surely TV is a better venue than movies, since Dune cries out for a Game Of Thrones style epic of warring families and harsh conditions. As always, watch this space.

First one sheet for Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives online

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have recently released their first one sheet for Rian Johnson's (Looper) Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

With little over 10 months until the film's release date, we still know surprisingly little about the latest film in the Skywalker saga, with no official material released from the highly anticipated production beyond a little video announcing the start of filming back in February last year.

And what can we infer from that title? The Last Jedi could refer to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), last seen in his island exile on the oceanic planet of Ahch-To. Or it could mean Daisy Ridley's Rey, seen to be Force sensitive in J.J. Abram's Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and presumably about to undergo some hefty Jedi training under Luke's tutelage.

Of course Jedi could also be interpreted as plural. Are there more Jedi on the horizon? Either way, what does it mean for the future of the series if Rey or Luke truly are the last Jedi? Could Star Wars exist without the lightsaber wielding heroes? Should we read anything into the fact that the logo is red? We will have to wait to find out some of those answers, with Star War: The Last Jedi arriving in cinemas 15 December.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opening crawl seen on Rian Johnson's Instagram

We recently learnt the news that Star Wars Episode VIII's official title would be Star Wars: The Last Jedi – naturally sending everyone into feverish tides of speculation over what it exactly all means. The film's director, Rian Johnson (Looper), is still busy at work on post-production, and in the wake of the announcement, posted a behind the scenes shot from his editing suite via Instagram.

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With the caption "Felt so good to drop this into the cut this morning", the photo shows the newly revealed title on the iconic Star Wars opening crawl (all present and correct after the rebellious decision to drop it from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Also visible in the surprisingly modest little suite is a small R2-D2 droid.

There is not much more exciting information to be gleaned from the post, but it is Star Wars, and there is a certain nostalgic thrill to see a brand new opening crawl in its embryonic stages.

Post-production continues for a little while longer on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with editing, visual effects, and a John Williams score still be added, ahead of the planned 15 December worldwide release date.

Paul W.S. Anderson set to direct Monster Hunter movie

Having spent years either producing or directing the Resident Evil franchise, you might think Paul W.S. Anderson would be ready to tackle something with fewer characters and a more grounded story. But nope, news arrives via Deadline that he and producing partner Jeremy Bolt (Resident Evil) are tackling another Capcom video game conversion full of combat and creatures with Monster Hunter.

According to the duo, they will be shopping the concept, a first script (written by the director) and some still and visual effects pieces to studios in the hopes of opening up corporate coffers to back this one. Given their commercial success with the Resident Evil movies, we have a feeling they should get the backing, especially as they are promising to stick to a roughly $50 million budget with the help of Toronto based digital effects company Mr. X.

The Monster Hunter concept is a simple one – an ordinary bloke in a boring job discovers he is descended from a line of heroic line of, well, monster hunters... "The central characters are very relatable American characters. You take a person from the ordinary world who thinks they're in a dead end job, they have no future, they feel like their life's a failure, it's going nowhere, like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix (1999)," says Anderson. "It's about a normal American who gets dragged into this parallel world, this Monster Hunter world. Then eventually the parallel world ends up coming to our world. So you have the creatures from the Monster Hunter world invading our world.

"The mythology is that basically monsters are real and all the monsters and creatures from our mythology, whether dragons or the Minotaur, or Chinese dragons, it's all real. They were real. They really existed in our world. For every monster there was a hero that fought the monster. And then those monsters just disappeared, overnight. They ceased to exist, as did our need for heroes. They became a thing of myth and legend, but eventually the monsters will come back. Unless we have a hero to help fight them, our world with be devastated by these returning creatures, after we've chosen to put our faith in technology rather than heroes. All of our technology won't mean anything once the dragons start raining fire." For more from Anderson and Bolt, head to Deadline.

According to Bolt, they currently have a plan for two films, and if they find success again, you know they are going to be riding this beast for a while. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, meanwhile, arrives in cinemas on 3 February.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Simon McQuoid in talks to direct Mortal Kombat reboot

Originally brought to the big screen by Paul W.S. Anderson in 1995 (a less successful sequel followed in 1998), the Mortal Kombat video game has been spurring more interest for the last few years as talk of a reboot movie has grown. The project is slowly coming together, with news arriving via Variety that advertising director Simon McQuoid is entering talks to direct the new, currently untitled film.

James Wan (The Conjuring) is aboard to produce the new version for Warner Bros and New Line Cinema via his Atomic Monster company. And Warner Bros themselves have been edging towards a new take on the film's fights after approving director Kevin Tancharoen's Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, an online short starring Jeri Ryan and Michael Jai White. That led to Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which ran for two seasons as a web series featuring much of the same cast.

Now comes the new movie, which doesn't yet have anyone involved with the web outings on board. The plot is being kept quiet, but Greg Russo wrote the most recent draft of the script. McQuoid, meanwhile, has been building a reputation for himself with award winning adverts for the likes of PlayStation, Netflix, Range Rover and Halo.

Matthew McConaughey set for White Boy Rick

Movies based on real life stories have certainly been good to Matthew McConaughey in recent times. He won an Academy Award® for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) and received praise for his small role in The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013). He is looking into history again, with news arriving via Deadline that he is currently in negotiations to appear in White Boy Rick.

Yann Demange ('71) is looking to have the drama shooting early this year, working from a new draft of the script by Steve Kloves (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows). White Boy Rick focuses on Richard Wershe, Jr., who at the tender age of 14 became an undercover informant for local and federal law agencies before himself going on to become a major drug dealer in the mid 1980s. At 17, he was arrested with 17 pounds of cocaine in his possession and jailed for life, but there remain questions about how his early work as an informant contributed to his descent into crime.

McConaughey is making a deal to play Wershe's father, a factory worker trying to keep his family fed as the automotive industry in Detroit crumbles. Before he reports to the set next year, McConaughey will be seen in another controversial true story, Gold, which arrives on 3 February.

First one sheet for Alien: Covenant arrives online

20th Century Fox have recently released their first one sheet for Ridley Scott's Prometheus (2012) follow-up Alien: Covenant.

Alien: Covenant finds director Ridley Scott heading back to the Alien universe after Prometheus, and following a colony ship called the Covenant headed for a remote planet, a place that the crew initially thinks is an uncharted paradise but turns out to be dark and full of terrors. And the only inhabitant is synthetic life form David (Michael Fassbender), who claims to be the lone survivor of the Prometheus mission.

Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Amy Seimetz (You're Next), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills), Billy Crudup (Watchmen) and Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) make up the ship's crew, and it appears we will catch up with Noomi Rapace's Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. Plus we will be getting a double dose of Fassbender, as he is also playing another synthetic, this one named Walter.

Alien: Covenant, which was originally scheduled for 4 August, now seems scheduled for 19 May, which should be day and date both here and in the US. Can the trailer be far behind, given that altered release?

"Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in."

Paramount Pictures have recently released their first quad poster for Denzel Washington's (The Great Debaters) Fences.

For his third cinematic turn behind the camera as director, Denzel Washington chose some material he was intimately familiar with – August Wilson's Tony Award winning play Fences.

Wilson's play tackles the story of Troy Maxon (Washington), a Pittsburgh sanitation employee who once dreamed of a baseball career only to be left facing down daily discrimination in a more menial line of work, while grappling with his lost ambitions. Davis plays Troy's wife, Rose (Viola Davis).

Both actors won Tony Awards for their performances on stage, while the play took the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Revival. Troy is a role first made famous by James Earl Jones during Fences' original run in 1987. "It reawakened me about the work, and my commitment to the work," Washington told us about his own take. "I said to myself: 'I've got to dig deeper'. Scott Rudin sent me the script August Wilson wrote - the only one of his plays that he wrote as a screenplay – to act and direct. I really do want to direct this."

Fences is out in the US now and will arrive in the UK next month.

New TV spot for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives online

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have recently released their latest TV spot for Gareth Edwards' (Godzilla) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith (2005) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows a group of Rebel soldiers who set out on a dangerous mission to steal the plans for the original Death Star and bring hope to the galaxy.

Our hero this time is Felicity Jones' (The Theory Of Everything) Jyn Erso, a conflicted fighter who is a rebel in more ways than one. She leads up a cast that also includes Diego Luna (Milk), Riz Ahmed (Ill Manors), Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly), Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Jiang Wen (Gone With The Bullets), Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler), Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt), Alan Tudyk (Serenity), Jonathan Aris (Sherlock), Eunice Olumide (World War Z), and Genevieve O'Reilly reprising her role from Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith (2005) as young Mon Mothma.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out in cinemas now and you can read our review right here.

New trailer for Walt Disney Feature Animation short Inner Workings arrives online

Walt Disney Feature Animation have recently released their first teaser trailer for Leo Matsuda's debut short Inner Workings.

Directed by storyboard artist Leo Matsuda, Inner Workings is a peek into the humdrum life of an office drone who one day in particular decides to let his heart overrule his head. Lured by the sun, sea, food and fun outside the monolithic tower in which he toils each day, he is tempted, but constantly kept in check by his nervous brain, concerned that every step outside his routine will lead to an untimely death.

And yes, as the title suggests, the actual focus of the short is his head, his heart and, to a lesser degree, his stomach and lungs. But while the concept of delving inside someone's system might remind you of Pixar Animation Studios Inside Out (2015), it is actually a clever, very different take on the conflict that can bubble up within us all.

You can see Inner Workings alongside Moana, which is out in cinemas now.

New trailer for Passengers arrives online

Sony Pictures have recently released their latest trailer for Morten Tyldum's (The Imitation Game) Passengers.

Despite early praise, Jon Spaihts' (Prometheus) science fiction script Passengers lingered in development limbo for several years, but is now finally heading our way as a fully fledged movie starring Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy).

Directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Passengers is set in the future on a gigantic interstellar ship ferrying 5,000 colonists bound for Homestead II, a journey that will take 120 years. Everyone is in cryposleep until a malfunction causes one of them (Pratt) to be rudely awakened 90 years before anyone else. Unable to fix the situation and seemingly doomed to spend his time dying alone, he decides to take the unusual and controversial step of waking up a fellow passenger (Lawrence) and slowly they begin to fall in love. But then they discover that the ship is malfunctioning further...

Passengers, which also features Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon) as the ships robot barman, Laurence Fishburne (Man Of Steel) and Aurora Perrineau (Equals), is out in cinemas now.

"I pray but I am lost. Am I just praying to silence?"

Paramount Pictures have recently released their first trailer for Martin Scorsese's (The Wolf Of Wall Street) Silence.

Adapted by Jay Cocks (Gangs Of New York) from Shûsaku Endô's novel, Silence has been a passion project of the director's for over thirty years. It follows two Jesuit missionaries – Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider- Man) and Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) – who go looking for their mentor (Liam Neeson) in 17th century Nagasaki, Japan, and encounter violent persecution.

Silence is out in cinemas now.

New teaser trailer for Cars 3 arrives online

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios' have recently released their first teaser trailer for storyboard artist Brian Fee's directorial debut Cars 3.

They may not enjoy the same critical, and indeed commercial reputation as some of their Pixar stablemates on purely theatrical terms, but there is no denying that the Cars films bring in serious dollars when it comes to toys and other spin-offs. But the Emeryville team doesn't just think of that aspect, and the story for Cars 3 seems to be headed down a slightly darker path.

Darker, of course, is relative, but this is a series of films that hasn't strayed from oddly dark themes – witness a car being tortured in the James Bond riffing Cars 2 (2011). This time around, the film is focusing on Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), once the young hotshot of the track, now an older veteran struggling to keep up with the competition. He is especially challenged by newcomer Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) and will need a little help from technician Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) if he is to match up.

Cars 3 will arrives in cinemas on 14 July.