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August brings with it numerous follow-ups to previously successful films, making it a pretty sure bet that they will deliver again. This month's releases are largely dominated by classic 'good vs. evil' storylines, but also include UK comedy and futuristic worlds.
Digital Spy rounds up the 5 must-see movies for August below...
Release date: August 6
Why you should see it: As the title suggests, it's the sequel to the first Inbetweeners movie, which set the record for the biggest opening weekend for a comedy film in the UK, back in 2011. Based on the original E4 sitcom, the boys have gone their separate ways a year on from their debauchery in Crete. Jay, who's staying with an uncle in Australia, emails the boys announcing that he's the biggest DJ in the country. Will, Neil and Simon, all stuck in the UK, need no encouragement in jumping on a plane »
In a new interview with IGN, Marvel head Kevin Feige was asked about The Mandarin, who was revealed to be an English actor named Trevor in "Iron Man 3." Feige revealed that the real Mandarin exists and may make an appearance in an upcoming film. "There have been [talks]. That's one of the reasons we wanted to do the fun short [film 'One Shot'] that Drew Pearce wrote and directed," he said. "That was to clarify, 'Hey, just because we did this thing [in 'Iron Man 3'], doesn't mean this other thing doesn't exist.' And as we were making 'Iron Man 3,' that was always our intention, that Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) was perverting the notion of these things he's heard." Feige went on to say that it won't be difficult to introduce the real Mandarin, because "One Shot" and "Iron Man 3" hinted at him. "There's a little bit of that when he's doing his »
We're less than a month away from The Giver's Aug. 15 release, and that means it's time to familiarize yourself with the star of the big -creen adaptation. Brenton Thwaites plays Jonas, the young hero of Lois Lowry's famous novel, opposite Jeff Bridges. If you haven't heard of him, you probably didn't catch his run on the Australian soap Home and Away - the same show on which Chris Hemsworth, Isla Fisher, and Guy Pearce got their big breaks. He also turned up in Maleficent this year as Prince Phillip, but when we caught up with him recently, we really just wanted some intel on The Giver. Don't be jealous, but he totally jammed out with The Dude. Popsugar: Did you have any hesitation signing up for an adaptation of such a beloved book? Brenton Thwaites: No, my only concern in the beginning was my age. We worked »
- Maggie Pehanick
Joss Whedon spoke about Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is still filming in London, firstly discussing Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's characters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, saying: "They're on Team Ultron, which makes things really hard for the Avengers because all of sudden they're dealing with powers that they're not used to... With the first Avengers, everybody pretty much had the power of being able to punch somebody, and now we have a woman who can get inside your head and move objects, and a boy that can move faster than anything, and a robot Ultron who can self-replicate and is out of his mind. So all of sudden, it's a darker, weirder, tougher world that they're living in." Taylor-Johnson chimed in adding, "There's a lot of clashing. He's quick tempered. He gets agitated. He's impatient. But he's super protective... They're very yin-and-yang in that twin sense. In his power, »
- Brad Brevet
Drake Doremus got our attention with his bittersweet romance Like Crazy back in 2011, and his follow-up Breathe In didn’t give us any reason to take our eyes off the talented writer-director. Now, he’s gearing up to shoot what just may be his most exciting project yet – a sci-fi romance titled Equals, set in a dystopian future where emotions have been eradicated and the new breed of unfeeling human beings are all called Equals.
The cast for the film, led by Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart and Guy Pearce, was already promising, but now we’re hearing that two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver is also in negotiations to join the cast, which just increases our anticipation for this movie. Equals centers on Silas (Hoult), who falls victim to what is called Switched-On Syndrome, beginning to feel for the first time, and is ostracized and targeted by the government. Soon, he »
- Isaac Feldberg
Glen Powell ("The Expendables 3," "The Dark Knight Rises") has joined the cast of Tim Story's "Ride Along" sequel at Universal Pictures. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reprise their roles in the follow-up, while details of Powell's role are under wraps. [Source: Deadline]
Jason Sudeikis ("We're the Millers") and Jeremy Irons ("The Borgias") have joined the cast of Stephen Hopkins' Jesse Owens biopic "Race" which Focus Features has just acquired. Filming begins July 24th in Montreal and Berlin.
Stephan James is portraying the black racing legend in the story about his famed run at the 1936 Olympics. Sudeikis will play Larry Snyder, Owens' obsessive coach, while Irons will play American Olympic committee head Avery Brundage. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons have joined the cast of the Jesse Owens biopic, Race. Focus Features acquired U.S. distribution rights of the Stephen Hopkins-directed film. Stephen James will portray the racing legend with Sudeikis as his obsessive coach, Larry Snyder. Irons will play the head of the American Olympic committee, Avery Brundage, who argued for the 1936 Olympics to take place in Berlin. Shooting begins July 24 in Montreal and at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel wrote the script. Jean Charles Lévy (Forecast Pictures), Luc Dayan »
- C. Molly Smith
Exclusive: Hot Cannes seller Equals has been steadily casting up over the past several weeks as it preps for an August start in Japan and Singapore. Already on board are Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, Kate Lyn Sheil and Aurora Perrineau. I’ve learned that two-time Oscar-nominated Australian actress Jacki Weaver is also now in negotiations to join the futuristic love story that’s being helmed by Drake Doremus from a script by Moon‘s Nathan Parker. The picture is set in a future society where emotions have been eradicated and the new breed of humans is called Equals. When “Switched-On Syndrome” […] »
Warner Bros. will distribute The Nice Guys to be directed by Shane Black (Iron Man 3) starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. The period noir centers on a private detective and a beefcake who search for a missing porn star and uncover an underground ring of corruption. Black is expected to film Nice Guys before beginning work on the Predator sequel at Fox. THR Gary Oldman is set to star in Criminal for director Ariel Vroman (The Iceman) alongside Kevin Costner. The thriller centers on a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills that are implanted into a dangerous prison inmate in hopes that he will stop a diabolical plot. Oldman would play a CIA chief. THR Photo: Universal Pictures Fast & Furious 7 has completed production and a note was posted on the film's Facebook page to announce the occasion. The film hits theaters on April 3, 2015. Facebook Guillermo del Toro says he'll shoot a small, »
- Brad Brevet
• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]
• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »
- Jake Perlman
Michael Peña and Garret Hedlund are already attached for the film about two corrupt cops who run a side business of blackmailing crooks.
Their operation is threatened when they encounter a criminal who may or may not be even more dangerous than themselves.
McDonagh described the film as "The French Connection but with more jokes".
Pearce recently revealed that he almost turned down his role in Iron Man 3.
He also praised his Rovers co-star Robert Pattinson.
McDonagh is planning to shoot War On Everyone in "Texas or New Mexico". »
Remember back when we told you that it was time you started paying attention to indie it girl Kate Lyn Sheil? Well, not to get out braggy on, but we were right. Sheil has got a packed schedule — just look at her IMDb page, which is crammed with “completed” and “post-production” features, shorts and television projects — but the actress has managed to make some room for another feature film, one that’s already been poised to rocket its talented team into the next echelon of indie filmmaking. Needless to say, it’s a good fit for Sheil. Sheil has just joined up with Drake Doremus‘ Equals, the latest feature from the perennial Sundance favorite (the director behind films like Breathe In and Like Crazy, both of which have bowed at the film festival in recent years to general acclaim), a futuristic and sci-fi-tinged project titled Equals. The film is a big step forward for Doremus, a »
- Kate Erbland
Irish filmmaker Jon Michael McDonagh, the man behind the brilliant black comedy "The Guard" and the upcoming "Calvary," recently spoke with The Playlist about his next directorial effort "War On Everyone".
As previously reported, Michael Pena and Garret Hedlund are attached to star in the film about two corrupt cops who blackmail criminals, until they cross paths with a villain more dangerous than they are. McDonagh describes it as "'The French Connection' but with more jokes" and was asked about the casting of the villain:
"I haven't actually cast it yet... I've been talking to Guy Pearce. The villain is basically a completely degenerate Lord who takes heroin and sets up robberies, but then he turns out to be a lot darker than we thought and it goes into a very dark area towards the end of the movie. So that would be tonally a trick line to walk. »
- Garth Franklin
There are a few different ways you might have heard of Irish director John Michael McDonagh: as the director of Calvary, a film that will have its American debut in August; as the director of the excellent and underrated film The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle; or as the brother of Martin McDonagh, the man behind In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. Unlike his brother, John Michael McDonagh has not quite made a name for himself stateside, although anyone seeking out his films is sure to be pleasantly surprised. He’s working on building a name for himself though, and perhaps Calvary or his next feature, War on Everyone, will provide his ticket to American fame.
McDonagh is currently engaged with casting War on Everyone, which already has Michael Pena and Garrett Hedlund attached as two corrupt cops who blackmail criminals. For the part of the real villain, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Here's a look at the day's latest casting news: Rachel Weisz is in talks to join Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in Derek Cianfrance’s The Light between Oceans. Anna Friel and Oliver Platt join writer-director Bobby Miller's feature directorial debut, The Master Cleanse, a fantasy-horror-comedy starring Johnny Galecki and Anjelica Huston. Guy Pearce is being sought by director John Michael McDonagh to play the villain in War on Everyone, which already stars Michael Peña and Garrett Hedlund. Bill Condon's Sherlock Holmes film Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen in the title role, also features Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Roger Allam, Phil Davis, Frances de la Tour, and Milo Parker. Hit the jump for more on each film. First up from The Wrap is news that Weisz is in talks to join The Light between Oceans, an adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel that is set on »
- Dave Trumbore
Producers are Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Ann Ruark, and Jay Stern and Chip Diggins of Route One, which is also financing. Exec producers are Mike Pruss, Lee Jea Woo, Choi Pyung Ho and Russell Levine.
The story is set in a world where there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion. But a new disease is threatening everyone by activating depression, sensitivity, fear, love.
Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales on the film and launched the project to buyers at the recent Cannes Film Market, selling the film in over 35 territories.
UTA Independent Film Group arranged financing and will sell the North American rights to the film.
- Dave McNary
Here's today's latest casting news: Elle Fanning is attached to star in How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a John Cameron Mitchell-directed adaptation of a Neil Gaiman short story. Penelope Cruz is in final negotiations to join Louis Letterier's spy comedy, Grimsby, starring Sacha Baron Cohen. Kate Lyn Sheil (You're Next) has joined Guy Pearce, Kristen Stewart, and Nicholas Hoult in Drake Doremus' futuristic indie film, Equals. Hit the jump for more on each movie. First up from Heat Vision is word that Fanning will star in How to Talk to Girls at Parties. Nominated for a Hugo Award and winning the Locus Award for Best Short Story, Gaiman's 2006 work tells of two teen boys attending a party in 1970s London. One of them quickly pairs off with a girl, while the other is left to make the best of it and soon finds that the girls are not what they seem. »
- Dave Trumbore
The film is set in the Australian outback, ten years after a global economic collapse. Pearce plays Eric, a hardened loner who pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car.
During his journey, Eric captures one of the thieves' brothers (Pattinson), and the pair form an uneasy bond.
In an interview for next month's edition of Total Film, Pearce describes working with the Twilight star.
"He's had a very different existence as an actor than I did," Pearce said. "He's just this megastar.
"I don't know if he struggles with feeling like a valuable actor, as I did, but he shouldn't. He's amazing."
Pearce described watching Pattinson in a scene on their second day of filming, when he turned to director David Michôd and said, 'Wow, he's really good, isn't he? »
Along the lines of when Greta Gerwig landed Greenberg and essentially moved higher up in the indie echelons, the hardworking Kate Lyn Sheil has been Total Recalled for fellow Sundance alumni Drake Doremus’ next directing gig which already includes the threesome of Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart and Guy Pearce. In Equals, which is set for a shoot next month in Asia, Sheil will play Kate, a fellow co-worker of Hoult and Stewart’s characters.
Gist: Set in a future society where emotions have been eradicated. A new breed of humans, called Equals, live peacefully until a disease begins activating emotions in its victims, who are sent away and never seen again. Hoult is set to star as Silas, who becomes infected and is outcast until he connects with Nia (Stewart), another “switched on” Equal who is able to hide her emotions.
Worth Noting: Deadline mentioned a who’s who indie »
- Eric Lavallee
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes," it's claimed Andy Warhol once said. Some stars shine much brighter than others, though, and in the case of Hollywood we often see actors hit big early before disappearing without trace.
Brandon Routh, who delivered a sensitive and assured turn as the Man of Steel in 2006's Superman Returns, is one such example. Routh never quite got the breaks he deserved after landing that life-changing role, so it's nice to see him back in the superhero game with an upcoming role as Atom in Arrow.
Digital Spy takes a look back at a handful of stars who couldn't escape their one big role.
Plucked from relative obscurity to lead Bryan Singer's lavish Superman sequel, Routh impressively channelled Christopher Reeve on his big screen debut but found leading man roles difficult to come by in the aftermath.
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