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Colin Farrell is apparently the latest actor added to the mix when it comes to those being considered for the title role in Marvel's Doctor Strange. He joins names that include Benedict Cumberbatch, Keanu Reeves, Jared Leto and Justin Theroux. Scott Derrickson is directing for a July 8, 2016 release. The Wrap In a new interview director Guillermo del Toro says the first draft of Pacific Rim 2 is completed with an eye to start shooting around November next year. He also adds, "Some of your favorite characters come back, some others don't because we have decided that we're going to shoot ambitiously and say 'Let's hope we have three movies.' So some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one." Collider Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been offered $10 million to star in the Rupert Sanders-directed adaptation of the Japanese »
- Brad Brevet
Following a creative hiccup that resulted in the loss of director Fredrik Bond, the action sequel London Has Fallen is seemingly back on track with Scandinavian director Babak Najafi, director of the Snabba Cash sequel Easy Money II: Hard to Kill, behind the camera. We already knew Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman were all returning from Olympus Has Fallen, and now The Wrap has added a new cast member into the mix with Watchmen and A Nightmare on Elm Street remake star Jackie Earle Haley taking the role of Deputy Chief Mason. What are the odds that he ends up being the main bad guy? We're not sure, but casting an actor like that in what seems like a disposable role certainly raises our eyebrows. In addition, the trade has revealed that other returning cast members from the original film include Melissa Leo as Secretary of Defense Ruth »
- Ethan Anderton
Though it hit a recent bump in the road with the departure of director Fredrik Bond, Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen got right back on track with Babak Najafi taking his place behind the megaphone. And the cast has just expanded by one, with Jackie Earle Haley signing on.Christian Gudegast, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt are behind the script for this one, which finds Gerard Butler’s Secret Service agent Mike Banning, Aaron Eckhart’s President Benjamin Asher, Angela Bassett’s Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs and Morgan Freeman’s Speaker Trumbull among those who travel to London to attend the funeral of the Prime Minister. But when it turns out that there’s a dastardly plot afoot to assassinate world leaders, Mike will have to team up with a distrustful MI6 agent, prove that the fictional Secret Service is not as slipshod as the real one at the moment, »
Us Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) and his team will be heading to London to stop a new terrorist threat.
The film will revolve around a plot involving a strike in London during the funeral of the British Prime Minister.
Although no character details have been revealed for the character, Haley will play Deputy Chief Mason.
Haley can next be seen in Criminal Activities in »
Olympus Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler (Secret Service Agent Mike Banning), Aaron Eckhart (President Benjamin Asher), Morgan Freeman (Speaker Of the House Trumbull), Radha Mitchell (Leah), Angela Bassett (Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs) and Melissa Leo (Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan) are all reprising their roles for the sequel, with Jackie Earle Haley becoming the first new casting addition. He will portray Deputy Chief Mason, although no further character details were given.
The story brings the action to London, as Banning and Trumbull accompany President Asher to attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister, where a deadly plot is uncovered to kill all of the world's leaders in one fell swoop.
Babak Najafi (Easy Money: Hard to Kill) stepped »
Play It Again, Vlad: Shiner’s Debut Attempts to Reboot Legendary Monster
It’s a bit hard on the undead when you shackle their malevolent natures into the censorship of the PG-13 vehicle, one of many reasons that Gary Shiner’s directorial debut, Dracula Untold, doesn’t quite fly right. Another attempt to reboot its slim grab bag of classic movie monsters, Universal at least manages to buoy this bastardization with a decent budget, though its nonsensical narrative isn’t much better than the stench of I, Frankenstein. Cinema’s greatest villains are being replaced by hunky, B-grade actors (sorry to lump you in there Aaron Eckhart) that now have to compete with the action extravaganzas of the Marvel glut at the box office, and until that ever ends, all these reboots can do is reflect what they are—pale, lifeless, inferior copies of the original material they keep recycling. »
- Nicholas Bell
Oscar-nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley (“Little Children,” “Watchmen”) has closed a deal to join “London Has Fallen,” the sequel to last year's sleeper hit “Olympus Has Fallen” that's being mounted by Focus Features and Millennium Films, TheWrap has learned. Babak Najafi (“Easy Money II”) is directing the movie, which will reunite original stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Angela Bassett and Radha Mitchell. Also read: JFK Drama ‘Parkland’ Adds Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, Ron Livingston to Complete Ensemble Butler returns as a U.S. Secret Service agent tasked with stopping a terrorist threat — this time overseas. »
- Jeff Sneider
While you might think there’s nothing left of Dracula’s mythology to be told, first-time-director Gary Shore dives deeper than ever into Vlad The Impaler’s humble beginnings. Dracula Untold seems like a superfluous extension of Universal’s monster canon, kickstarting the Count with another fresh-faced actor, and while the world would have kept spinning had Shore’s film never been greenlit, this year’s revamp plays out in a “no harm, no foul” type of manner.
As expected from a mass-appealing PG-13 endeavor, there isn’t a lick of horror that’s worth a genre fan’s giddiness to be found here, yet batty action sequences bring Dracula’s mythology to life through rarely seen heroism. He’s more superhero than anything now, commanding nature while beating through hordes of soldiers, as Universal seems to be going the Marvel route with their classic horror properties. Dracula is the »
- Matt Donato
Warner Bros. Pictures
When discussing The Dark Knight it’s incredibly easy to spend copious amounts of time looking at the psychotic glory of Heath Ledger’s Joker. But that can often take away from the fact that Nolan’s exemplar second Batman, which still stands as the zenith of the superhero genre, isn’t just the late actor’s movie, boasting an incredible take on beloved Batman rogue Two-Face.
Harvey Dent is the perfect anti-hero, over the course of the film going from the ideal moral standpoint to an emblem of how even the best of us can fall. Played by Aaron Eckhart, his story is the real narrative power behind The Dark Knight, with the possibility of being able to retire from the cape and cowl providing the central conflict for Bruce Wayne.
- Alex Leadbeater
I thought Miles Teller had a future when I saw his touching performance in 2010 drama "Rabbit Hole" at age 22. I figured he had a career when I saw him carry the lead opposite Shailene Woodley in Sundance romance "The Spectacular Now." He is now a rising star who holds his own in Sundance prize winner "Whiplash," which Sony Pictures Classics, gunning for awards glory, releases on October 10. This serious actor is only 27, so there's a lot more to look forward to. His CAA agent Tracy Brennan, who also reps Aaron Eckhart, was so impressed by Teller on the set of "Rabbit Hole," his first feature, that she immediately signed him. He grew up in a family of music lovers and plays piano, guitar, saxophone and rock drums, and discovered acting in high school and went on to study theater at Nyu. So he had some musical training going into "Whiplash, »
- Anne Thompson
Strictly Come Dancing dominated primetime television last night (October 4), earning more than 9 million viewers, according to overnight figures.
BBC One's dancing competition attracted 9.06m (43.3%) between 6.20pm and 8.30pm. It peaked at 9.99m (46.1%) before 8pm.
Meanwhile, The X Factor on ITV was watched by 6.94m (30.4%) from 8pm, with a peak of 7.51m (33.4%) at around 8.45pm.
ITV's The Chase grabbed 2.95m (14.1%) in the 7pm hour. Later, Through the Keyhole took 3.53m (18.1%) from 9.20pm (+1: 263k/1.8%).
On Channel 5, Joe Kidd »
Presumably one-faced to start with, Gotham has found its Harvey Dent – Nicholas D’Agosto.
Even with Robin Taylor Lord’s Penguin-to-be Oswald and Cory Michael Smith’s Riddler-in-waiting Ed already regular cast members, Gotham has managed to squeeze in another early-days version of a key Batman villain.
This younger version, played by Nicholas D’Agosto, has been described as ‘a bright, charming, idealistic Assistant District Attorney whose sole mission is to eradicate the crime and corruption that has poisoned Gotham.’
We have, however, also been told to expect ‘a fleeting glimpse of the hideous villain he will become,’ which could make for thrilling viewing, if executed well.
Chances are, you’ll recognise Nicholas D’Agosto from somewhere – he played the lead in »
Yet another one of the most famous villains in Batman lore is coming to Fox in his nascent form. HitFix can confirm that Nicholas D'Agosto has been cast as Harvey Dent in "Gotham," which has been a solid early success for Fox. D'Agosto will be a recurring guest star for the remainder of the first "Gotham" season with a series regular option for the second season which is, as of now, both likely and hypothetical. If you were worried that Harvey Dent would be, like, the captain of high school debate team running for sophomore class president, worry not. This incarnation of Harvey Dent will be an idealistic Assistant District Attorney in Gotham. For now, he's committed to eradicating crime and corruption in Gotham, which we know is pretty much a lost cause. Of course, things aren't going to be eternally rosy for Harvey Dent. Do I really need to include a "Spoiler Alert" here? »
- Daniel Fienberg
The city of Gotham is about to welcome another villain into the mix. Nicholas D’Agosto (Masters Of Sex) has been cast as Harvey Dent in Fox's freshman drama Gotham, EW has confirmed. Those familiar with the Batman series will know that Dent becomes the hideous villain Two-Face. D'Agosto will recur for the rest of the first season with an option to become a regular in season 2. Dent is described as a "bright, charming, idealistic Assistant District Attorney" trying to rid Gotham of its crime. Dexter alum David Zayas has already been tapped to play mob boss Salvatore Maroni, the »
- Jake Perlman
Another iconic DC villain is headed for “Gotham.” Nicholas D'Agosto has joined the cast of the hit Fox drama as Harvey Dent, who will eventually become the DC villain known as Two-Face, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. The character was most recently played by Aaron Eckhart on the big screen in Christopher Nolan‘s “The Dark Knight.” On the show, D'Agosto's Dent is described as a handsome, warm and engaging Assistant District Attorney whose sole mission is to eradicate the crime and corruption that has poisoned Gotham. Also read: ‘Gotham’ Brings Catwoman Into the Fold With Actual Speaking Lines With. »
- Linda Ge
(Cbr) Scandinavian director Babak Najafi will take the reins for "London Has Fallen," the follow-up to 2013's surprise hit "Olympus Has Fallen," Heat Vision reports. Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo on board to reprise their roles from the action thriller. Najafi, who previously helmed two episodes of Cinemax’s "Banshee," will replace Fredrik Bond, who departed the project earlier this month, citing creative differences. Najafi joins the sequel just as it prepares to begin the first half of principal photography. "London" will shoot for four weeks before breaking until February, when Butler — who is currently working on the feature film Geostorm — will join the production. The "Olympus Has Fallen" sequel finds the new franchise’s hero trio traveling from Washington, D.C., to London to attend the funeral of the British prime minister. While across the pond, they’re unexpectedly caught in the middle »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
Earlier this month, the Olympus Has Fallen sequel lost its director, Fredrik Bond, with just weeks before the film started shooting. Thankfully though Millennium and Gerard Butler have found a replacement in Scandinavian director Babak Najafi. He directed the Snabba cash sequel Easy Money II: Hard to Kill, but London Has Fallen will be his English-language debut.
As soon as Bond left London, the studio and Butler started looking for a new director to take over. But the actor wasn't liking the directing prospects so much so that he considered leaving the project entirely. Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) and Gary Fleder (Homefront, Runaway Jury) were considered, but Najafi led the race.
Written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, and Christian Gudegast. The Olympus sequel picks up in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world. »
- Laura Frances
London Has Fallen is the surprise sequel to the surprise hit Olympus Has Fallen, which managed to beat the similarly themed White House Down at the box office, despite that film taking on stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. However, it hasn’t been a smooth road for London Has Fallen, with original director Antoine Fuqua unable to continue the series due to post-production work on The Equalizer, and then Fredrik Bond leaving the project just 4 weeks before principal photography was due to start. Now it looks as though Focus Features has found their man in the form of Swedish director Babak Najafi, the man who gave us Easy Money II: Hard To Kill.
Set in London (obviously), the film sees world leaders attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister. This is obviously the perfect time for nefarious evildoers to attempt murders and badness. Enter Gerard Butler as the head of the secret service, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen now has a new director, and in the nick of time too. Charlie Countryman helmer Fredrik Bond was previously set to direct after Olympus helmer Antoine Fuqua declined the opportunity over creative differences, but Bond subsequently left the project over a week ago when he felt the time crunch was just too intense. Millennium and star Gerard Butler began scrambling to find a replacement with production set to begin next month, but when Butler wasn’t liking many of the choices, he started considering leaving the project altogether. That won’t be happening, however, as Easy Money II: Hard to Kill helmer Babak Najafi is now in negotiations to take the helm. Hit the jump for more on the London Has Fallen director and the atypical, two-part shooting schedule that the film will undergo. Per Heat Vision, Babak Najafi has been selected »
- Adam Chitwood
As unlikely as it may seem (or maybe not, when you consider the surprisingly high box office receipts), Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart’s White House takeover pic Olympus Has Fallen will be getting an equally ludicrous, action-packed sequel with the upcoming London Has Fallen. And despite Olympus helmer Antoine Fuqua and Charlie Countryman filmmaker Fredrik Bond both backing away from the project over its creative direction, Millenium Films isn’t giving up. Now, we’re hearing that Scandinavian director Babak Najafi is being eyed to take the reins.
Though he’s hardly a household name, Najafi has a solid resume and is best known for directing Joel Kinnaman in another sequel, Easy Money II: Hard to Kill. He has also helmed episodes of the action-packed Cinemax series Banshee and made his debut on the acclaimed drama Sebbe. According to Deadline, Najafi is the favorite to helm London Has Fallen, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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