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Some actors find one role that follow them round forever. Some actors hate it and do everything in their power to shake of the type-casting, whilst others fully embrace the role and have successful careers off of it. Lou Ferrigno slots into the latter group with him confirming that he will be playing Hulk again in Avengers: The Age Of Ultron.
Ferrigno first played the role in 1977 during television series The Incredible Hulk, and has gone on to voice the creature in most of the recent movie adaptations. Since his portrayal it has been hard to get another actor to stick to the role for more than one film with Eric Bana and Edward Norton both passing on further adventures.
Mark Ruffalo fans need not worry though as Ferrigno is on vocal duties only, well roaring duties only. This news shouldn’t come as a surprise as the actor provided »
- Kat Smith
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Composed by Alexandre Desplat
I have no clue which country, if any, “Zubrowka” is meant to represent in The Grand Budapest Hotel. I can, however, point it out on a map. Er, at least I can point out where it should be. Wes Anderson’s fictional European nation doesn’t exist outside his eighth feature but from its intricate period design to the hotel concierge’s (Ralph Fiennes) well-rounded zest for life, Zubrowka feels real.
Partial credit also goes to Alexandre Desplat, who teams with Anderson for a third time and crafts a rich, ambiguously European score both in sound and in name. Honestly, what could the title of the opening track “s’Rothe-Zauerli” possibly translate to? Apart from providing names for third-rate Star Wars villains, Zubrowkan (?) rings like a cross between Swiss and Spanish, and the track’s barbershop quartet of yodels put a point in the former. »
- David Klein
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1999 was a much simpler time. Brad and Jen. Julia and Ben(jamin Bratt). Teenage films starring actual teenagers topping the box office. Without the addition of reality television and internet celebrities, movie stars were the biggest names covering the pages of tabloids and MTV’s Trl was a must-hit stop for anyone wanting to make an impact on an audience under 30. Before the onslaught of reality star sex tapes and power couple portmanteau, Julia Roberts was just a girl, dating a Law and Order hunk and Nicole Kidman was still married to Tom Cruise. (Pause for laughs.)
Before the year 2000 high school flicks like American Pie proved just as valuable at the box office as boy bands and a new Latin wave were to album sales. Brad Pitt had split from Gwyneth Paltrow, who rebounded with Ben Affleck. And because this was prior to Goop or conscious uncoupling, »
- Emily Exton
DiCaprio will play the role of Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on his betrayers in this captivating and inspiring story based on the Michael Punke novel, “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.”
Later this year Inarritu’s Birdman will hit theaters (on October 17).
- Laura Frances
Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Alejandro González Iñárritu's film The Revenant for New Regency it was announced today by Brad Weston, president and chief executive officer. The film, written by Mark L. Smith and Inarritu, is scheduled to start production this September with a fall 2015 release planned through New Regency's distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. Anonymous Content's Steve Golin, Keith Redmon and David Kanter will produce the film along with Inarritu, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole. Executive producer is Paul Green. RatPac and Worldview Entertainment will co-finance the film.
DiCaprio, recently nominated for his fifth Academy Award, will follow up his heralded performance in the enormously successful The Wolf of Wall Street with the role of Hugh Glass in The Revenant. Glass is a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, »
Glass is a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on his betrayers in this captivating and inspiring story based on the Michael Punke novel, The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.
The film, written by Mark L. Smith and Inarritu, is scheduled to start production this September with a fall 2015 release planned through New Regency’s distribution deal with 20th Century Fox.
- Michelle McCue
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in a few weeks, but Sony continues to busily construct the architecture to turn its solo superhero franchise into a multi-spinoff megafranchise, with villain-centric films about The Sinister Six and Venom promising to offer a slightly darker alternative to the glitter-bright Marvel Studios universe. (If you will, Sony’s Spider-verse is the Hot Topic to Marvel Studios’ Pacific Sunwear.) The Sinister Six appears closer to reality, with Drew Goddard apparently onboard to write-direct. But the studio also dropped a potentially big hint about the Venom film on the Daily Bugle Tumblr built for Amazing Spider-Man 2. »
- Darren Franich
The first trailer for David Fincher's hotly-anticipated thriller Gone Girl debuted today, and it's yet another fantastic promo from a director who's served up some of the best mainstream Hollywood fare over the last two decades.
Many movies rely on marketing agencies to cut their trailer material, but in recent years Fincher has operated a little differently, getting involved himself from the get-go to help shape how his movies are sold. It shows; first looks for Fincher releases are often mini-movies in themselves, oblique and creative teasers designed to hook you in before a more accessible promo is released.
Digital Spy goes film-by-film with Fincher's trailer back catalogue to highlight 8 of his best promos below. We've excluded Alien 3 on the grounds that Fincher lost final cut to the studio and had little to do with the film by the time it was released.
A pitch black »
Perhaps Seth Rogen’s latest Saturday Night Live episode wasn’t especially inspired: it opened with the requisite weed jokes, made fun of his oft-imitated laugh, and leaned on some unnecessary celebrity cameos. But if you love Rogen’s slacker comedy, maybe that was exactly what you tuned in for. At least he didn’t tap dance or juggle torches to prove that he’s not just a funny guy.
Voters in our ongoing third annual Mr. Saturday Night contest will have to decide whether Rogen played it too safe for a guy who was hosting for the third time, »
- Jeff Labrecque
In a few days, the Cannes Film Festival will announce their slate, and while we have our guesses as to what movies will feature on the Croisette, one film that was widely expected to showcase in the south of France won't be in the lineup. Fox Searchlight confirmed with The Playlist that Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" will still be in post-production through the end of May and early June, and will not be part of Cannes. But don't be too bummed. The studio has announced a fall release date for the movie, and our guess is that you'll want to keep your eyes peeled to Telluride or Tiff instead. Bringing together a starry ensemble, including Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough and Amy Ryan, the black comedy tells the story of an actor (Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
All told it was a buoyant frame as nationwide takings improved by 6% to $18.25 million and six titles each earned more than $1 million.
Animated comedy The Lego Movie eased by 10% to $5.1 million in its second weekend, propelling its haul to $14.4 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The Village Roadshow Pictures/Warner Bros. co-production looks set to reach $28 million, if not $30 million, and the worldwide cume hit $US425 million.
Superhero adventure Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed $3.6 million despite falling by 40%, to elevate its 11-day total to $12.2 million. However the Marvel franchise isn.t tracking as strongly here as in the Us, where the film starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel J. Jackson has rung up $US159 million in 10 days.
- Don Groves
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is one of the strangest and most exciting films of the year, and though we’re still not quite sure what to expect, we now know when we can expect it. Fox Searchlight has assigned the dark comedy an October 17th, 2014 release date, which may give it a fighting chance on the awards circuit.
Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero, who battles his ego and attempts to recover his family and career while struggling to mount a Broadway play. Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts will round out what looks to be a very strong supporting cast.
Personally, I’m enjoying Keaton’s little career resurgence that we’ve seen over the last couple of years, and this film sounds right up his alley. I think many people forget how comedic he can be and »
- James Garcia
Fox Searchlight has set an October 17 release date for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman, the director's new black comedy expected by most to premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but Fox Searchlight co-president Stephen Gilula told Deadline the film "won't complete post production until late May or early June", so the Cannes dream seems over. Interestingly enough, the film has already been rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence. Nevertheless, expect a premiere in Venice, Toronto or Telluride. The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor, famous for portraying a superhero, who's struggling to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself. Along with Keaton the film co-stars Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough and Amy Ryan. I know a lot of people are »
- Brad Brevet
Fox Searchlight and Regency Enterprises have positioned their Alejandro Iñárritu dark comedy in a prime awards season slot.
Birdman aka The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance will go on limited released on October 17 and roll out internationally in January 2015.
Given the autumn release date and the fact that the film is unlikely to be completed until late May or June, an autumn festival berth seems most likely. Worldview Entertainment is co-financing with Searchlight and Regency Enterprises.
Michael Keaton stars in the tale of an actor famous for once playing an iconic superhero who attempts to recover himself, his career and his family as he struggles to put on a Broadway play.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Briefly: Fox Searchlight has announced a release date for Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman, a Broadway stage drama about a fading actor starring Michael Keaton (seen above), for early in awards season 2014. Birdman will open in select theaters starting October 17th, 2014 this fall; a similar release date slot was used by Searchlight to debut 12 Years a Slave last year, and that went all the way to win Best Picture. Not saying that Birdman has that chance as we haven't seen much yet, but it will be something to behold anyway - with Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki behind the long-take cinematography. Also in the cast: Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Birdman, co-written & directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (of Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful), has been described as a dark comedy. A washed-up actor, played by Michael Keaton, who once played an iconic »
- Alex Billington
The film may be selected next week as a competition title for the Cannes Film Festival. Inarritu’s films screened at Cannes include “Biutiful,” “Babel” and “Amores Perros,” which won the Critics Week prize.
- Dave McNary
Casting across the live-action/animation spectrum: Chloe Grace Moretz is in final negotiations to star in Sony's adaptation of Rick Yancey's young adult novel The 5th Wave. Salma Hayek joins Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, and David Krumholtz in the voice cast for the R-rated cartoon Sausage Party. Thomas Lennon joins Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, and Holt McCallany in the live-action/animation hybrid Monster Trucks. Hit the jump for more on each project. According to The Wrap, J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) will direct The 5th Wave from a script by Susannah Grant (The Soloist). Here's the book synopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, »
- Brendan Bettinger
The Oscar-nominated actress will play character Teresa the Taco in the story. The film follows the Sausage and his friends who fall out of a shopping cart as they journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the July 4 sale, reports deadline.com
The 47-year-old star will join an A-List voice cast including Seth Rogen - who also penned the script and other celebrities like James Franco, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig and David. »
- Ketali Mehta
Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton and David Krumholtz also voice characters in the R-rated feature which is aiming for a 2015 release. [Source: Moviehole]
Larson plays Ma, a woman kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny room where she lives with her five-year-old son Jack. To the boy, the room is the only world there is. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Salma is set to join the cast of Sony’s crude animated comedy, Sausage Party. She will voice the character of a taco named Teresa. Her co-stars include the likes of; Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Michael Cera, Nick Kroll and David Krumholtz.
The film revolves around one sausage’s journey into discovering the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping trolley, the brave sausage must make his way through the supermarket and journey back to his aisle before the Fourth of July sale. Whilst embarking on this dangerous journey the heroic sausage finds some unlikely friends.
Salma has previously offered her voice to animated films The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! and Puss In Boots. Her latest screen appearance was Grown Ups 2, and she will next be staring in How To Make Love Like An Englishman alongside Jessica Alba and Pierce Brosnan. »
- Ciham Messouki
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