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The 2016 Global Citizen Festival is shaping up to be the most star-studded yet. Tuesday morning, Global Citizen - the nonprofit that aims to eradicate poverty by 2030 - announced the A-list talent that is set to take the stage in Central Park on Sept. 24. Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Metallica and the Diplo-founded Edm act Major Lazer will headline the annual New York City concert. "I couldn't be more honored to participate in the Global Citizen Festival as it continues to help solve important issues around the world," Gomez, 24, said. "I am particularly proud to be involved this year as the focus is on education. »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Roaring lions, clowns on unicycles, and trapeze swingers are just a few of the circus staples that could be attributed to P.T. Barnum, and 20th Century Fox wants to delve deeper into who some consider to be “The Greatest Showman on Earth.” Come one and come all! This semi-biographical film about the famous showman, who created the three-ring circus, will follow his financial downfall after he invites Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind stateside to perform a series of concerts. The film, cast by noted casting experts Telsey + Company, will feature its own musical element with some veterans of the genre: The cast of songbirds currently includes Hugh Jackman as Barnum, Michelle Williams as Lind, Zendaya, and Zac Efron, heading back to his “High School Musical” roots. Filming on the project is set to begin in the fall around late October in New York, with rehearsals beginning in September. Irish-bred Saoirse Ronan »
“Most of us are familiar with the musical version which only offers a fragmentary outline of its story,” states Davis. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity of doing real justice to Victor Hugo at last by adapting his masterpiece in a six hour version for the BBC, with the same team who made War and Peace.”
“Andrew Davies’ extraordinary skill for adaptation will bring the world famous Les Misérables into powerful focus for a modern audience with a multi-layered re-telling of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece”, adds Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC. “BBC One viewers can expect the same quality and scale from the team behind War and Peace in this epic tale of redemption and the healing power of love. »
- Gary Collinson
Van Helsing, legendary doctor, monster hunter and Count Dracula’s worst nightmare, will soon become one of the cornerstones of Universal’s shared monsters universe, and it appears the studio’s fantasy vehicle is looking to a certain Road Warrior for inspiration.
Unlike The Mummy and Frankenstein – the latter of which is reportedly courting Javier Bardem for the titular, monstrous role – Van Helsing is incubating in the very early stages of development, but that hasn’t stopped writing duo Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts from fleshing out ideas for Universal’s new take on cinema’s decorated demon killer.
Primed for his first screen appearance since 2004’s box office flop – Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale led the charge against the undead in that instance – Heisserer told HitFix that Van Helsing‘s demeanour will be more in line with the roguish, lone-wolf archetype made famous by Mad Max, rather than Jackman’s dashing hero. »
- Michael Briers
Simon Brew Jul 20, 2016
The new Van Helsing movie is taking influences from Mad Max, one of its writers reveals...
One of the increasing number of projects being lined up for the Universal classic monsters movie universe is a reboot of Van Helsing. The character last made it to the big screen in the guide of Hugh Jackman, back in 2004. And the new take is being entrusted to screenwriters Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts
Heisserer was also on scripting duties for the horror flick Lights Out, that’s heading to the UK shortly. And he dropped a hint or two about his take on Van Helsing. Whilst understandably coy about details, he said that “I can only say that early on, our inspiration for his behaviour and his mannerisms was all in Mad Max.”
He also talked a little about the broader movie universe as well. “It’s early days right now. »
One of the least talked about films in Universal's ambitious monster movie universe plans is their proposed reboot of "Van Helsing". The initiative, which kicks off with next year's "The Mummy," will tackle several other classic monsters first before getting around to the famed vampire hunter who became an action hero type for the 2004 Hugh Jackman-led film.
Speaking with HitFix this week, the film's screenwriter Eric Heisserer says that the inspiration for the new "Van Helsing" is from a different source: "I can only say that early on, our inspiration for [Van Helsing's] behavior and his mannerisms was all in Mad Max"
Heisserer also confirms the films of this linked universe will have different tones: "One may be a little bit more comedic, action-adventure-y, one can be very much a traditional horror piece, and then we'll see what happens as the projects evolve and we all get a chance to convene and talk, »
- Garth Franklin
Earlier this month, production began on Universal's The Mummy reboot, which will be the first full-fledged adventure in Universal's monster universe. We got our first glimpse at this unique world in a post credit sequence for 2014's Dracula Untold, where Luke Evans' title character is transported to present day. But, aside from The Mummy, we don't know which project is next in this sprawling universe. One of the movies being included is Van Helsing, and today we have some new details from writer Eric Heisserer.
Eric Heisserer came aboard to write the script alongside The Mummy writer Jon Spaihts back in November, but the project still doesn't have a director yet and there is very little we know about the story. Eric Heisserer recently spoke with Hitfix, while promoting the new thriller Lights Out, which he co-wrote, where he revealed that this version of Van Helsing was inspired by another iconic character. »
There’s an entire generation of moviegoers who only know the character of Van Helsing from the abysmal 2004 movie starring Hugh Jackman, and that should be a recognized as one of our great international shames. Introduced in the pages of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, Dr. Abraham Van Helsing is one of the horror genre’s […]
The post The New ‘Van Helsing’ Movie Was Inspired By Mad Max appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
I'm just going to come right out with it:
I think a Van Helsing film series is a brilliant concept.
That said, I don't have faith in anyone getting it right after that unruly mess of a Hugh Jackman movie in 2004. I think the concept is fantastic, though. You have a main character- a monster hunter (!!!)- that can, essentially, navigate his way throughout an entire shared, cinematic universe. And the universe he lives in is inhabited by legendary monsters like Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and The Mummy! And one of the things that made those monsters legendary was the mystique surrounding them, and the way they could be used sparingly to create maximum tension and anticipation. Therefore, the idea of making the star of those movies a single, human protagonist means you don't have to over-expose your famous beasts!
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Not much is yet known about Universal’s Marvel Cinematic Universe-style Monster reboots, which have been racking up quite the cadre of A-list stars over the last several months. While shooting on The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella is already complete and two of the other installments -- The Wolf Man and another untitled monster project -- have been given release dates, there are a total of six other films in the series that remain in some phase of development. One of those developing projects is Van Helsing, which is being scripted by Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts and will serve as a big-screen vehicle for the eponymous monster-hunter who has been portrayed in various incarnations by Peter Cushing (Hammer’s Dracula series), Laurence Olivier (1979’s Dracula), Anthony Hopkins (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Christopher Plummer (Dracula 2000) and Hugh Jackman, who embodied the character in Stephen Sommers' »
- Chris Eggertsen
You’d be hard pushed to find a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe without a bulging set of muscles below the surface of their tight lycra outfit. Besides the opening sequences of The First Avenger, that is. Chris Hemsworth’s Norse god is the biggest gymrat of the lot, but he could face some serious competition for his trilogy-closer Thor: Ragnarok.
One of the recent additions to the sequel’s growing cast is Star Trek Beyond‘s Karl Urban, who signed up back in May alongside Jeff Goldblum. As Skurge the Executioner, Urban’s got his work cut out for him. The former thorn in Thor’s side – at least in the comics – will be on hand to aid his fellow Asgardian in defeating Cate Blanchett’s villain, Hela. You don’t simply overthrow powerful baddies in the McU without being able to deadlift about 2000 lbs though, which it »
- Gem Seddon
It has been no secret that Marvel, unhappy that some elements of its cinematic universe are out of its control, has been quietly doing its best to sideline those properties it doesn't control.
While Sony has come to essentially a 'non-aggression pact' with Marvel Studios about the "Spider-Man" franchise, no such deal exists with Fox and Marvel over the "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" properties. "Fantastic Four" has since been effectively killed, the comics titles being cancelled last year and the film reboot failing to launch following a critical and box-office drubbing.
Marvel wants them and the X-Men back and are willing to go to some lengths to do it. Now a new report from Nerdist has published what they claim to be Marvel Comics solicitations for the month of October, a list of comics books that will be coming out that month from the company. It turns out there's only »
- Garth Franklin
The Greatest Showman on Earth: Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) is in negotiations for a key role in the musical The Greatest Showman on Earth. Hugh Jackman will star as famed circus founder P.T. Barnum. If things work out, Zendaya will portray the girlfriend of a character to be played by Zac Efron. Michelle Williams is also in talks for the movie. [Deadline] Halloween: Filmmaker and composer John Carpenter, who is currently touring the world as a musician, says: "Right now, I am interested in my music career. … It's just so much fun to do." As to filmmaking, he says: "I had to stop. I had no life. It [filmmaking] is so stressful." He will serve as executive producer for the upcoming new version of Halloween, however, and says...
- Peter Martin
Back in 1982, John Carpenter's "The Thing" was released in cinemas and proved a bomb both critically and commercially - a surprise considering it is now often considered his greatest work in various critical polls. In the wake of that failure, he had to come up with something more commercially viable and appealing.
The result was "Starman," the acclaimed romantic sci-fi film starring Jeff Bridges as an alien who crashes on Earth and takes the form of the recently deceased husband of a widow (Karen Allen) in order to get her help to get back to his people.
Now a remake of the film is on the way at Sony Pictures with "Real Steel" and "Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy at the helm. Levy, who helmed episodes of the new Netflix series "Stranger Things" which premieres on the streaming service on Friday, spoke with Coming Soon this week »
- Garth Franklin
David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight”) and Hiam Abbass (“Munich”) are set to join the previously announced cast of Alcon Entertainment’s untitled “Blade Runner” sequel, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.
Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario”) is directing the film to be released Oct. 6, 2017. The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all media for all overseas territories.
The sequel is set several decades after the 1982 original, with Ford reprising his role as Rick Deckard. The film is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.”
Ridley Scott directed the original, which was set in 2019 Los Angeles, with Deckard »
- Dave McNary
The Greatest Showman on Earth: Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) is in negotiations for a key role in the musical The Greatest Showman on Earth. Hugh Jackman will star as famed circus founder P.T. Barnum. If things work out, Zendaya will portray the girlfriend of a character to be played by Zac Efron. Michelle Williams is also in talks for the movie. [Deadline] Halloween: Filmmaker and composer John Carpenter, who is currently touring the world as a musician, says: "Right...
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Zendaya has booked a role opposite Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in Fox’s “The Greatest Showman on Earth” musical, playing Efron’s girlfriend in the movie. The film tells the story of P.T. Barnum, founder of what became the famous traveling… Continue Reading → »
- Tambay Obenson
Unless you've living under the proverbial rock, you've heard about Pokémon Go, the new "augmented reality" app that lets users play a version of the classic "monsters battle other monsters" video game and cultural phenomenon. Unfortunately, the game does nothing to clear up the lingering ethical questions I've had about Pokémon since I first played the game - cough cough cough - years ago. 1. Are Pokémon sentient? The "mirror test" is a measure of self-awareness developed by Gordon Gallup Jr. in 1970. Its basic concept is that we can gauge an animal's self-awareness by whether or not it recognizes its own reflection in a mirror. »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
David Crow Jul 13, 2016
Marvel fans might still be scratching their heads about who Zendaya is really playing in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, but the actress already looks poised to truly break out into bigger and better things in the filmmaking arena after first making waves on the Disney Channel. Indeed, THR is reporting that Zendaya is in talks to join Hugh Jackman and 20th Century Fox for The Greatest Showman on Earth, the first live-action studio musical with original songs in over decades. And it’s sure to be a three-ringed circus.
Jackman will be playing P T Barnum, one of the founders of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. As Jackman’s first film after he hangs up the claws for good in next year’s »
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall spoke openly about the personal reason why she has been campaigning for greater support in the fight against osteoporosis during a special event on Tuesday. In the middle of a downpour, guests were treated to the royal reception experience inside Clarence House (the event was originally meant to be an outdoor garden party), the official London residence Camilla shares with husband Prince Charles. Celebrities and members of her family gathered together on Tuesday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a key charity in her life - the National Osteoporosis Society. It was the first one that »
- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag
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