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London — Top Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar will headline “Brothers”, the Hindi-language remake of Gavin O’Connor’s 2011 contact sports drama “Warrior” that starred Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
The film was previously announced as a co-production between Lionsgate and Endemol India, itself a 51:49 joint venture between Endemol Bv and The Chernin Group’s CA Media, to be produced under the banner Eyedentity Motion Pictures, Endemol India’s film arm.
Dharma is headed by Karan Johar, writer, co-producer and director of Shah Rukh Khan vehicle “My Name is Khan”, and who is also a judge on “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa”, the Indian version of the “Strictly Come Dancing” format, and popular chat show “Koffee with Karan”.
Johar makes his acting »
- Naman Ramachandran
Exodus: Gods and Kings: Sigourney Weaver is featured in a new photo from Exodus: Gods and Kings. Weaver co-stars as the mother of Ramses (Joel Edgerton), though her costumes are anything but matronly. Christian Bale stars as Moses in the movie, directed by Ridley Scott, which is heading for theatrical release on December 12. [EW.com] Yoga Hosers: Johnny Depp will play a "legendary man-hunter" alongside his daughter Lily-Rose Depp in Kevin Smith's upcoming "comic book movie" Yoga Hosers. Depp's daughter will be teamed again with Smith's daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, as 15-year-old yoga nuts who must deal with "an ancient evil." (The two young women first appear together in Smith's upcoming horror movie Tusk) Production gets...
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A while back, it was reported that the 2011 Hollywood film Warrior featuring Tom Hardy, Sean McAnallen, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo and Nick Nolte would soon be remade in Bollywood. The said remake would feature Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jackie Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez.
Now we hear that the film has since been renamed to Brothers. Tweeting about the same, Karan Johar, whose Dharma Production will be co-producing the film with Lionsgate and Endemol India, posted, "Dharma Productions, Lionsgate, Endemol India present 'Brothers' directed by Karan Malhotra and starring Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez and Jackie Shroff. Releasing Oct 2nd, 2015."
Exodus: Gods and Kings: Sigourney Weaver is featured in a new photo from Exodus: Gods and Kings. Weaver costars as the mother of Ramses (Joel Edgerton), though her costumes are anything but matronly. Christian Bale stars as Moses in the movie, directed by Ridley Scott, which is heading for theatrical release on December 12. [EW.com] Yoga Hosers: Johnny Depp will play a "legendary man hunter" alongside his daughter Lily-Rose Depp in Kevin Smith's upcoming "comic book movie" Yoga Hosers. Depp's daughter will be teamed again with Smith's daughter Harley Quinn Smith as 15-year-old yoga nuts who must deal with "an ancient evil." (They previously worked together on Smith's upcoming horror movie Tusk, above...
- Peter Martin
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
This December, Ridley Scott will make a bid for Oscar with his Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, which stars Christian Bale as Moses, who rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) in order to lead Israelite slaves out of bondage. Now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly’s fall preview issue, we’ve got two new images from the film, which highlight Bale (above) and Sigourney Weaver (below) in full Egyptian garb.
Weaver plays Tuya, the mother of Edgerton’s Ramses, whom costume designer Janty Yates told EW she wanted to have a certain “va-va voom” quality, almost like Jessica Rabbit. A little strange, perhaps, for a Biblical epic, but maybe the stylized nature of the costuming will wind up enhancing the film. As the guyliner-heavy posters showed us, Scott isn’t exactly gunning for gritty realism with this movie.
Bale spoke with EW about portraying Moses:
- Isaac Feldberg
20th Century Fox has released a couple of new Exodus: Gods and Kings images from director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic. One of these new images gives us a closer look at Sigourney Weaver, who plays Tuya, the mother of Joel Edgerton’s Ramses. Costume designer Janty Yates tells EW that Scott wanted the character to be “va-va-voom,” likening her to Jessica Rabbit—a woman on the prowl. It’s a curious choice for the Biblical epic, though the rest of the cast is a bit stylized as well, with Edgerton and Christian Bale’s Moses both wearing their fair share of eyeliner. Hit the jump to check out the Exodus: Gods and Kings images and to see what Bale had to say about taking on what he describes as one of the most fascinating characters he’s ever studied. Exodus: Gods and Kings opens in theaters on December 5th. »
- Adam Chitwood
“He’s one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever studied,” says Christian Bale of Moses, the Old Testament prophet he plays in Exodus: Gods and Kings. “All of his trials, his troubled life and his doubts, his rages and his extremes.” The actor laughs at how Moses—who spoke to God, fought violent battles, parted seas, and struggled to free the enslaved Israelites no matter the cost might fare in the modern era. “Can you imagine if he was alive today? He’d probably be on trial in the Hague.”
Hyperbole aside, Exodus aims to present a more »
- Sara Vilkomerson
It's a boy for Bale!
Christian Bale and wife Sibi have a new addition to the family, a new baby boy, according to E! News.
The name of the "Dark Knight" star's new son is still being kept private.
Photos: Hollywood Dads & Their Children
The couple's new son will join big sister Emmeline, 9, at home. The 40-year-old star has been married to Sibi for 14 years.
-- Jesse Spero
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Australian actor Joel Edgerton has said he “empathizes” with critics of his new film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, who accuse director Ridley Scott of “whitewashing” African history in the casting of the biblical epic. Edgerton stars in Exodus as the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses the Great. The film also stars light-skinned actors Christian Bale as Moses, Aaron Paul as Joshua and Sigourney Weaver as Ramses' mother, Tuya. That has outraged many online, with critics accusing director Scott and the film's producers of “cinematic colonialism” by casting white actors to play African figures. A Twitter campaign, #boycottexodusmovie, is calling on fans
- Scott Roxborough
When the trailer hit for Ridley Scott's new Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings," one of the results was an unexpected social media backlash against the apparent "whitewashing" of the cast. Specifically it was the casting of Egyptian royalty, Joel Edgerton as Ramses and Sigourney Weaver as Queen Tuya, that were singled out.
Appearing at the closing night of the Melbourne International Film Festival to present his new film "Felony," Edgerton spoke with Australia's multicultural network and news service Sbs about the reaction (via The Guardian). He says:
"[It's] not my job to make those decisions. I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job. I do say that I am sensitive to it and I do, I do understand and empathise with that position."
The ancient Egypt-set story is based on the Book of Exodus from the Old »
- Garth Franklin
There's a long history of Hollywood casting the same familiar white faces that continues with Exodus: Gods And Kings, which hits theaters this holiday season. Normally a film toplined by Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton wouldn't cause any controversy, but this time, the casting (which also involves Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul, among others) has caused fans to strike back, with a Twitter campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the issue of a story of ancient Egyptians being told with mostly white actors. At the very least, said campaign has reached one of the film's stars. Joel Edgerton spoke about the issue to the Australian network Sbs (via The Guardian) and expressed empathy for the stance many have taken. " [It's] not my job to make those decisions... I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job. I do say »
The star of Ridley Scott's upcoming Biblical adaptation addressed complaints that white actors have been cast in all the lead roles in the film, which is set in ancient Egypt.
"It's not my job to make those decisions," Edgerton told Sbs. "I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job.
"But I do say that I am sensitive to it and I do, I do understand and empathise with that position."
Edgerton will play the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses in the movie.
It has been accused of restricting black actors to minor roles including servants and slaves, prompting a backlash on Twitter under the #BoycottExodusMovie hashtag. »
A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Guardians of the Galaxy's theatrical release, I wrote about the Curse of Tor Johnson, named after the old-school wrestler (and Ed Wood muse) who may have also been responsible for 50 years of terrible performances from professional wrestlers.
Since I wrote for WWE's Monday Night Raw for about six months, I wondered if the presence of Dave Bautista, a former champion, would jinx Guardians' box-office mojo. Three weeks into its theatrical run (and more than $175 million in receipts later), it's safe to say the Curse has been broken. »
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Coherence: deploys twisty sci-fi concepts to warp the almost-clichéd dinner-party soap opera into a horror story of the human condition in the face of quantum philosophy [my review] [iTunes Us] Locke: we say things like, “Oh, I’d watch that guy read the phone book,” and this is almost that, except it really is absolutely riveting, and that’s no joke; a tour de force for Tom Hardy [my review] [iTunes Us] The Amazing Spider-Man 2: suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks — this feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s [my review] [iTunes Us] The Quiet Ones: there aren’t many outright scares here, and when they do come, they are curiously circumspect, but the old-fashioned Hammer Horror atmosphere is appealingly spooky [my review] [iTunes Us] The Railway Man: almost entirely »
- MaryAnn Johanson
In the first trailer for Kingdom, we’re introduced to a family drama set in the world of mixed martial arts. At the center of it all is Warrior star Frank Grillo, who once again plays a trainer and the owner of a gym. Jonas stars as Grillo’s prize-fighting son, while Jonathan Tucker plays Jonas’ older, slightly darker brother. Friday Night Light’s Matt Lauria also comes into play as »
- Samantha Highfill
When an Australian tourist disappears in Cambodia, his companions have reason not to tell the whole truth to the authorities. But on returning to Sydney, the unsolved mystery begins to take a deep emotional toll on them all. Abetted by an in-demand Antipodean cast - Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Banshee's Antony Starr and co-writer Felicity Price - actor Kieran Darcy-Smith makes an impressive directing debut with this evocative psychological drama. »
Sneak Peek new set images from Lynn, Massachusetts, of an unrecognizable Johnny Depp 'uglied'- up to play killer 'Whitey Bulger' in the new crime thriller "Black Mass", based on the 2001 novel "Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob", by authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill:
"...in an account of the scandal surrounding Boston underworld figure 'James Whitey Bulger and his corrupt ties to FBI agents..."
Warners will release "Black Mass" September 18, 2015.
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- Michael Stevens
With summer starting to wrap up (after "Guardians Of The Galaxy" in two weeks, blockbusters get considerably thinner on the ground), it's time to start looking even further ahead to big movies planned for the fall, or even for next summer. And happily, with Comic-Con just around the corner, the studios have obliged, releasing a slew of images for some new upcoming movies. First up is "Exodus: Gods & Kings," Ridley Scott's first attempt at the Biblical epic. The first live-action big-screen version of the story of Moses since "The Ten Commandments," Scott's picture is taking the big-budget "Gladiator"-style approach, but has drawn controversy due to casting Caucasian actors in Jewish and Egyptian roles, and for casting Australian actor Joel Edgerton as a tangerine with eyebrows drawn on with a magic marker. Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn and Indira Varma star alongside Edgerton, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
London — Entertainment One is well-placed to retain its position as the U.K.’s top independent distributor after a strong first half of the year, and a muscular slate for the remaining months. But, as Alex Hamilton, managing director, eOne Films U.K., tells Variety, the company has aspirations to be considered on a par with the Hollywood majors.
EOne has been the top indie in the U.K. for three of the past four years, and last year finished ahead of two studios, Sony and Paramount, with its box office totaling more than £100 million ($171 million) for the first time.
- Leo Barraclough
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