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Update: the rest of the cast has been announced and it will feature Rohan Chand as Mowgli, Andy Serkis as the voice of Baloo, Christian Bale as the voice of Begheera, Cate Blanchett as the voice of Kaa, Tom Hollander as the voice of Kaa, Peter Mullan as the voice of Akela, Naomie Harris as the voice of Nisha and Eddie Marsan as the voice of Vihaan. The previous article announcing the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Shere Khan follows... In 2015, Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book will hit theaters. One year and 13 days later, Andy Serkis's The Jungle Book: Origins will hit theaters. The difference being...c I'm not entirely sure, though the cast will certainly be different. Favreau has already lined up newcomer Neel Sethi to play Mowgli alongside a variety of CG-animated characters including Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo, »
- Brad Brevet
After watching Disney make a series of canny casting announcements over the past few months, Andy Serkis’s Jungle Book: Origins has responded by adding Benedict Cumberbatch to its ranks. Cumberbatch will be supplying the dulcet tones of nefarious tiger, Shere Khan, a part that will be voiced by Idris Elba in the Disney version. No other cast members have been confirmed as yet, but with Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken all lining up for Disney, Serkis’s film will have plenty...
- George Wales
As we already documented (see video above), Benedict Cumberbatch is a huge admirer of his "Hobbit" co-star Andy Serkis - and now he's re-teaming up with the man behind Gollum for the latter's directorial debut. The "Sherlock" star is set to voice villainous man-eating tiger Shere Khan in the upcoming Warner Bros. adaptation, which is based on Rudyard Kipling's classic stories, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be a mixture of live-action and performance capture, the latter of which Serkis has become famous for thanks to his work on Peter Jackson's Tolkien films and in Fox's "Planet of the Apes" reboots. The Callie Kloves-scripted project is one of two "Jungle Book" films currently in development; Disney has a live-action/CGI version in the pipeline with Jon Favreau directing, Bill Murray (Baloo), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Christopher Walken (King Louie), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela »
- Chris Eggertsen
Two dueling Jungle Books are making their way through pre-production. Disney and Jon Favreau's has had the advantage, scoring big headlines with an all-star cast that includes Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong'o. But today Warner Bros has struck back with a compelling casting coup of their own, securing international star Benedict Cumberbatch. According to THR, Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to Warner Bros' adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. In the family-adventure helmed by motion-capture master Andy Serkis, the Sherlock star is poised to play the man-eating tiger Shere Khan. The story of The Jungle Book centers on human boy Mowgli and his exploits in the jungle, where he was raised by wolves and befriends a bear named Baloo, and a panther called Bagheera. Shere Khan is a ravenous predator who relentlessly hunts the boy, making him an »
Jon Favreau’s version of The Jungle Book for Disney already has Neel Sethi, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito on board and is barreling towards an October 9, 2015 debut, but now Andy Serkis’ rendition for Warner Bros., which is now titled Jungle Book: Origins, is making some moves, too. Serkis’ Jungle Book just locked its very first star, Benedict Cumberbatch. He’ll voice the film’s villain, Shere Khan, a tiger who’d rather not have any humans in his territory at all. Hit the jump for more on Cumberbatch’s casting. Jungle Book: Origins is set for an October 21, 2016 debut. The news comes from THR with the outlet pointing out that Cumberbatch will be up against Elba who’s voicing the character for Favreau’s film. However, it does seem as though one film might end up being a bit darker than the other. »
- Perri Nemiroff
While it seems like Disney's new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book is ahead of the curve with a fall 2015 release date and a fully assembled cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray, the competing adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic is marching onward. Earlier this month, the studio dated Jungle Book: Origins for release in October of 2016, and now they have their first cast member as THR reports Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the tiger Shere Khan, the man-eating villain of the film directed by Andy Serkis. The question is whether or not general audiences will be interested in another adaptation of the familiar story about an orphan abandoned in the jungle and raised by wolves just one year later, especially with a title that makes it sounds like a prequel to Disney's version. Anyway, both Serkis and Cumberbatch »
- Ethan Anderton
Though Disney clearly has the lead in the race to adapt Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book into a big-budget blockbuster, Warner Bros. is quietly moving along with its own take, now officially titled Jungle Book: Origins. Andy Serkis is making his directorial debut on the pic, after having served as Peter Jackson’s second unit director on the Hobbit trilogy. Now, the first voice lead for the film has been announced - Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch will be lending his voice to the fearsome tiger Shere Khan.
Jungle Book: Origins centers on an orphaned human boy Mowgli, who is raised by wolves and eventually befriends the bear Baloo and the panther Bagheera. Khan, a vicious predator, is Mowgli’s sworn enemy, and each has vowed to slay the other.
Callie Kloves penned the script. Her father Steve, who penned seven out of eight Harry Potter films, is on board as a producer. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Twisted‘s Avan Jogia has landed a role in Michael opposite James Franco for director Justin Kelly and executive producer Gus Van Sant. Franco stars as a gay activist who, after enduring years of taunts and struggle, becomes an anti-gay Christian pastor. Jogia will play Will, a young man Michael (Franco) meets and falls for along his journey. Earlier this week ABC Family cancelled the teen drama series Twisted, which starred Jogia as a troubled high schooler who returns to his hometown amid suspicion after killing his aunt as a child. The 22-year-old Canadian thesp who earned a following on Nickelodeon’s Victorious was recently chosen to lead Spike’s upcoming event series Tut playing the young King Tutankhamun opposite Ben Kingsley. He’s been booking more indie feature fare of late including Ten Thousand Saints with Hailee Steinfeld and Shangri-La Suite with Emily Browning, Ashley Greene, and Luke Grimes. »
- Jen Yamato
Brooklyn-based distributor Factory 25 has acquired North American rights to Hellaware, writer-director Michael M. Bilandic’s indie satire about a wannabe photographer caught in the lowbrow-highbrow collision between the NYC art gallery scene and the grimy rapcore world of Juggalo culture. Keith Poulson stars as Nate, whose coked-up YouTube search leads him to a music video by Insane Clown Posse knockoff the Young Torture Killers. The fictional band drew free publicity for the film when online viewers took a controversial music video from the movie for the real thing. Factory 25 will open the film in NYC on September 26 and digitally on September 23.
DigiNext has pacted directly with indie shingle Vision Vehicle Productions for worldwide rights to two features from the label co-founded by actor Malcolm Goodwin (American Gangster, Leatherheads, Breakout Kings, iZombie). Faith-inspired flick Pass The Light stars Cameron Palatas as a 17-year-old high school student who runs for Congress to »
- Jen Yamato
The arrival of The Expendables 3 leads James to the conclusion that, when it comes to being an action hero, age is just a number...
"All I have produced before the age of 70 is not worth taking into account. At 73 I have learned a little... a little about the real structure of nature, of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes and insects. In consequence when I am 80, I shall have made still more progress. At 90 I shall penetrate the mystery of things; at 100 I shall certainly have reached a marvellous stage; and when I am 110, everything I do, be it a dot or a line, will be alive." - Hokusai, the Japanese artist who painted the famous 'Great Wave off Kanagawa' and kept on creating astounding art until his death at the age of 88.
"I'm too old for this shit." - Roger Murtaugh, the Lapd homicide detective played by Danny Glover »
Following the extended TV spot and final poster released last week, Focus Features has debuted a new motion poster for The Boxtrolls, which shows how these unique creatures light up their underground dwelling.
Set underneath the idyllic town of Cheesebridge, The Boxtrolls centers on a young orphan named Eggs, who encounters these creatures the entire town has feared for several years. Watch as the characters from Alan Snow's novel Here Be Monsters come to life in this new motion poster.
The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios tells the tale of The Boxtrolls, monsters who live underneath the charming streets of Cheesebridge, who crawl out of the sewers at night to steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that's the legend the townspeople have always believed. In truth, The Boxtrolls are a community of lovable oddballs who are raising as one »
In the town of Cheesebridge, humans tend to avoid the sewer-dwelling Boxtrolls out of fear, but one boy raised underground is looking to change that. From Laika, the company that brought us ParaNorman and Coraline, The Boxtrolls is based on Alan Snow’s book and hits theaters this fall, and a new motion poster for the film shows a Boxtroll tinkering with a toaster.
“A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light, »
- Derek Anderson
I know I can’t get enough of Laika’s The Boxtrolls and hopefully it’s the same for you as well because even after our San Diego Comic Con coverage and the teaser trailer that dropped last week, we’ve got a brand new motion poster for the film to share. Hit the jump to check out The Boxtrolls motion poster featuring Sparky, Fish, Oil Can, Shoe and the rest of the gang trying to show off the film’s title prior to its September 26th debut. The movie features the voices of Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, and Jared Harris. Here’s the official synopsis for The Boxtrolls: A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous »
- Perri Nemiroff
With just two feature films, Laika Studios has become one of the leading animation houses in Hollywood – critically speaking, at least. Coraline and Paranorman didn’t exactly blow up the box office, collectively grossing about $137 million, but they did manage to push the boundaries of stop-motion animation and add a bit of much-needed ingenuity and heart into the world of animated film. They’ve also pushed the envelope from a technical standpoint, as Coraline was the first stop-motion animated film to be shot in 3D, while Paranorman became the first stop-motion film to use a 3D color printer to create its characters.
Luckily for us, Laika is back with a third feature, due out this fall, called The Boxtrolls. The marketing for the film has already shown us the ins and outs of the story, but Moviefone has released a new trailer that introduces us to the various trolls living »
- James Garcia
We’ve already seen one stunningly good film about Philippe Petit’s illegal walk between the World Trade Center towers in James Marsh’s Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire, and now we may be getting another. Next fall, Robert Zemeckis will unveil The Walk, which dramatizes the events of Petit’s book To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers with 50/50 star Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the daredevil.
Seeing as Zemeckis is working in IMAX 3D, The Walk is certainly going to be a gripping adventure for the senses, but the cast that the director has employed also suggests that the movie could be a major awards presence. Gordon-Levitt, looking very much like Petit in the new images from the film which dropped yesterday, is joined by Charlotte Le Bon, playing a member of Petit’s crew, and Ben Kingsley, portraying his mentor Papa Rudy. James Badge Dale, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Focus Features has released a new poster for The Boxtrolls, the upcoming animated adaptation of Alan Snow’s fantasy adventure Here Be Monsters from Laika, the stop-motion specialists behind Coraline and ParaNorman…
The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are »
- Gary Collinson
This Instagram picture happened. It's pretty astounding. What do you suppose Madonna and Bono talked about at this little soiree? Our guess is below. Madonna: Paul! Little Irish Paul? Paul: Madonna! Sometimes Mexican Madonna. A pleasure to see you. Madonna: It's been so long! How's life? Bono: Life? Great... great... Madonna: ... Bono: ...Unless you live in Africa. Madonna: Indeed, Paul. Indeed. Bono: [Let's out a pained howl.] Madonna: Ever been to Malawi? It's a poor African country I invented. Stella McCartney made them a flag out of a mitten and skort. They use complimentary copies of 'Mdna' for currency. Bono: Yes. I just gave a Ted talk about how that's destroying their society and livelihood. Madonna: Touche. Gwyneth and I often give Ted talks to the children. She's quite devilish, Paul. And a songbird in her own right. She was on that show 'Glee.' No accent on either 'e'. »
- Louis Virtel
Laika have been promoting their latest stop-motion animation with a hint of darkness that is necessary when dealing with creatures that only come out at night. However, dark isn’t always what sells, especially when it comes to kid’s features, therefore this recent poster puts the action into daylight. From the makers of Coraline and Paranorman, this looks to be yet another wonderful tale with original elements as well as classic storytelling. It sees a young boy raised by a group of night dwelling trolls. In the spirit of Huey Lewis, the poster dares us to be square. Although it’s yet another outsider comedy, we’re sure the star studded voice cast will add plenty to the spirit of the film.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Philippe Petit’s incredible tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers, and while this story was already detailed in James Marsh's Oscar-winning documentary "Man On Wire," we're now getting a feature version. And so, if you ever dreamed of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a bad '70s haircut, retracing Petit's steps, well, this movie is for you. Oh, and in IMAX 3D too.... Robert Zemeckis directs "The Walk," based on Petit's book "To Reach The Clouds," and a nice roster of supporting players are involved, including Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony and César Domboy. Here's the official synopsis: Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director Robert Zemeckis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have wrapped production on their new film called The Walk. The movie tells the story of Philippe Petit's journey to walk across the twin towers on a tightrope. Today marks the 40th anniversary of that adventure. In celebration, two photos have been released from the movie, and Gordon-Levitt released a video where he talks about the movie.
The Walk also stars James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony, and César Domboy. Above you'll find a photo of the cast. This is truly an incredible story, one that will make for a great movie, especially with all of the amazing talent that came on to help bring it to life.
Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, »
- Joey Paur
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