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Having directed 3 X-Men movies (his latest being X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Superman Returns, you would expect Bryan Singer to be moving away from the comic book world before heading back in for X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. However, Tracking Boards show that his company, Bat Hat Harry, have acquired the rights to The Age of Heroes by James Hudnall for a big screen adaptation.
The Age of Heroes was released in the 1990s. Here’s the synopsis:
When the gods were born, they remade the world in the image of their dreams. This was known as the Age of Gods. When man was created along with other races of beings, fantastic cities were raised, insane magics were forged and unimaginable wars were fought, as the gods battled for supremacy over all creation. This was known as the Age of Wonders. When the gods fled and man was left to make »
- Luke Owen
• 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
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
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
• Jonah Hill is in talks to join 22 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! The film follows a 1950s Hollywood fixer, working to keep the studio’s stars in check. George Clooney and Josh Brolin will star. Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes are in negotiations, and Scarlett Johansson is in talks to join the film. [The Wrap]
• Penelope Cruz is in final negotiations to join Sacha Baron Cohen in Grimsby. Louis Leterrier is directing Sony’s spy comedy, which follows a James Bond type (Mark Strong) who has to hide in his hometown and team with his goofy, »
- C. Molly Smith
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
Exclusive: Aurora Perrineau has been cast in sci-fi romance Equals following her gig rocking out as Shana in the upcoming Jem And The Holograms movie. Equals, from director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), is set in a future society where emotions have been eradicated and one man, Silas (Nicholas Hoult), finds himself suffering from “Switched-On Syndrome.” Kristen Stewart plays Nia, another of the “infected” who is able to hide her condition. Perrineau’s credits include Pretty Little Liars and indie thriller A House Is Not A Home. She’ll play Iris, a new mother whose baby is born crying — a sign the […] »
John Goodman is in talks to star in Dan Trachtenberg's low-budget thriller "Valencia" for Paramount Insurge and Bad Robot. J.J. Abrams will produce and Dan Casey penned the most recent draft of the script.
Set primarily in an underground cellar, the story follows a teen girl who wakes up in the cellar after a car accident, at which point her eerie companion (Goodman) tells her a nuclear attack has devastated society. [Source: Variety]
The story follows a woman who believes herself to be suffering from a sympathetic pregnancy due to the Royal baby. Olivier award-winning playwright and screenwriter Kirkwood also penned the script. [Source: Screen]
- Garth Franklin
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
• Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6) is in early talks to star in the Robert Ludlum adaptation The Janson Directive for Universal. The book, published after Ludlum’s death, follows an ex-Navy Seal who is forced on the run when a rescue mission goes bad. There is no writer or director attached at this early stage, but according to the report, it could be a potential franchise. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
Exclusive: Actress Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards, You’re Next) has been cast in Equals, the futuristic love story from director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breathe In) starring Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart and X-Men‘s Nicholas Hoult. The hot Cannes 2014 sales project is 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” […] »
We’re two weeks away from one of the year’s most-anticipated events: San Diego’s Comic-Con. The annual convention of all things awesome in the realm of movies, television, comics, video games, and more launches on July 23. Cineplex will be on the ground at Comic-Con bringing you all the weird and wonderful from the convention and letting you know what big movies and stars you can expect as studios make their announcements.
Movie studios will start revealing which films and guests will be making the pilgrimage to the Con this week. Up first we have Warner Bros. who are bringing some bound-to-be blockbusters to the Comic-Con crowd.
The studio announced that their huge line-up will include Peter Jackson on the main stage who brings his final installment piece of the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies to Comic-Con. Joining The Hobbit will be Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Rachel West
With the San Diego Comic-Con International fast approaching, Warner Bros. has revealed its full schedule for the con, which includes movies such as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jupiter Ascending, Into the Storm and Godzilla, as well as a range of TV shows including The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Gotham, Constantine and The Flash. Oddly, there’s no mention of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so if those rumours about a teaser trailer and a big DC Cinematic Universe announcement are true, WB must be trying its best to keep it a surprise. Check out the full press release here…
Warner Bros. Entertainment will plant its flag at Comic-Con International: San Diego this year with a huge presence, with each individual division touting its upcoming offerings, including Film, Television, Interactive and Home Entertainment, as well as a variety of product from DC Entertainment, »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. Entertainment will plant its flag at Comic-Con International: San Diego this year with a huge presence, with each individual division touting its upcoming offerings, including Film, Television, Interactive and Home Entertainment, as well as a variety of product from DC Entertainment, whose celebrations in honor of 75 years of one of the world's most beloved Super Heroes-Batman-will be in full swing.
On Saturday, July 26th, beginning at 10 a.m., Warner Bros. Pictures brings three of its most hotly anticipated films to this year's Con: Peter Jackson will be on the main stage with The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and George Miller will be on hand to present a first look at Mad Max: Fury Road, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. The Hall H audience will also get a peek at the Wachowski's original sci-fi actioner Jupiter Ascending, »
The futuristic film, which first premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, stars Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a family struggling to find water in the barren Western-like wasteland opposite Nicholas Hoult, a teenager trying to take over the family’s land for himself.
Screen Media bought the U.S. rights to the film at its Cannes debut in May and is aiming for an October 2014 release, although an official date hasn’t been announced yet. »
- Ariana Bacle
“The Young Ones” is another entry into the hot dystopian genre, but this one sees Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult in a desperate battle for water — and the fate of Elle Fanning – in the film's first French-subtitled trailer. Directed by Jake Paltrow, the sci-fi thriller is set in a dry, dry desert world in which water is precious. Kodi Smit-McPhee is the kid at the center of it all, fighting for survival in this desolate and dangerous world. The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, so it's no “Hunger Games”-style action flick, but seems to be more. »
- Linda Ge
X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn't have a Blu-ray release date just yet, though it is currently available for preorder on Amazon: clickHere While we don't yet know if this version will include a director's cut, producer Lauren Shuler Donner promises that an extended version of the movie will be released sometime before the end of the year. Maybe in time for Christmas?
Here's what Lauren Shuler Donner had to say when asked via Twitter if Rogue's deleted scenes would be put back into the movie for its home release.
@SheenaTylor2@BryanSinger@Kinberg@ShuDonner@20thcenturyfox yes ! Coming later this year.
— Lauren Shuler Donner (@ShuDonner) June 26, 2014
While Anna Paquin still appears in the original theatrical cut of the film, her two main Rogue scenes were excised to much disappointment long before the film even hit the big screen. With so many characters and such an expansive story, it was hard to »
When it premiered at Sundance earlier this year, dystopian Young Ones didn’t make much of a splash, despite featuring such stars as Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The film, directed by Jake Paltrow (younger brother to Gwyneth), takes place in a world decimated by massive drought and follows two ranchers (Shannon and Hoult) who turn on each other in their struggle for survival. As their conflicts grow more violent, Hoult’s rancher pursues a relationship with the other’s daughter (Fanning).
Our own Dominic Mill caught the film and wasn’t a fan, giving it two stars and concluding:
Young Ones feels like an opportunity wasted, with a genuinely unique take on the classic Western thrown away for the sake of something far more dull. It’s competently made, but the more it wore on the less interested I became (it feels a good deal »
- Isaac Feldberg
Today we have the first trailer for the upcoming "Young Ones" sci-fi thriller, starring Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Check it out below. Plot: Set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth's precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm (Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Smit-McPhee) and Mary (Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary's boyfriend, Flem Lever (Hoult), has bigger plans. He wants Ernest's land for himself, and will go to any length to get it. The new film is directed by Jake Paltrow (The Good Night), the younger brother of Gwyneth Paltrow. A release date has yet to be announced. Trailer: »
Any X-Men fans upset that we didn’t get to see more of Anna Paquin’s Rogue in X-Men: Days of Future Past after Bryan Singer made the decision to remove an action-sequence featuring Rogue’s escape from captivity at the hands of the Sentinels will be pleased to hear that producer Lauren Shuler Donner has confirmed that an X-tended Director’s Cut of the mutant superhero sequel will arrive on Blu-ray later this year. The producer made the announcement via Twitter, although no further details have been forthcoming as of yet.
X-Men: Days of Future Past sees X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) joined in the cast by franchise newcomers »
- Gary Collinson
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