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Bill Nighy joins Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu

With principal photography underway on Universal and Legendary Entertainment’s live-action Pokemon movie, Detective Pikachu, there’s some additional casting news for those of you who might not know your Squirtle Turtle from your Absol. Joining Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), Justice Smith (The Get Down), and Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) will be Love Actually and Their Finest star Bill Nighy.

Deadline report that he will be signing up along with Chris Geere (Waterloo Road, Modern Family), in an effort to try and catch them all in May 2019.

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Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for over two decades. With more than 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Pokémon Tcg cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment properties in the world.

Mary Parent and
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Filming underway on live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu

Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment have announced that principal photography is now underway on the very first live-action Pokemon movie, Detective Pikachu, based upon the video game of the same name. Here’s the official press release from the studio:

Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for over two decades. With more than 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Pokémon Tcg cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment properties in the world.

Mary Parent and Cale Boyter produce Detective Pikachu for Legendary Entertainment, while Joe Caracciolo, Jr. (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Logan) and The Pokémon Company’s Tsunekazu Ishihara serve as its executive producers. Legendary’s Alexandra Mendes co-produces.

The talented creative team includes director of photography John Mathieson (Logan, Gladiator), production designer Nigel Phelps (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,
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Detective Pikachu Begins Shooting with Ryan Reynolds

Legendary Entertainment and Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Detective Pikachu, the first live-action film based on the globally popular Pok&#233mon franchise. Starring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool series), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla), Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), the film is from director Rob Letterman (Goosebumps, Gulliver's Travels) and writers Nicole Perlman and Letterman, with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy having completed the production polishes. The movie arrives in theaters in North America on May 10, 2019.

Pok&#233mon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for over two decades. With more than 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Pok&#233mon Tcg cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons, Pok&#233mon is one of the most successful entertainment properties in the world. A Detective Pikachu video game is coming to the Nintendo 3Ds family of systems
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Detective Pikachu Cast Revealed as Principal Photography Begins

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Detective Pikachu Cast Revealed as Principal Photography Begins
The first live action Pokemon movie is now one step closer to hitting the big screen as filming has officially started on Detective Pikachu with an impressive cast list.

I still haven't quite wrapped my brain around the fact that we're getting a Detective Pikachu movie, let alone with Ryan Reynolds providing the voice of the titular Pokemon. Frankly, the fact we've gone this long without a live-action Pokemon film is baffling in and of itself, but moreso our first one is Detective Pikachu. The game itself (from which the film borrows its story) hasn't even launch in the States, but gamers will finally get their chance to check it out in March, which will

This morning, Legendary Pictures has announced the start of filming along with a confirmation on the rest of the cast, which includes the incredible
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From Indie to Tentpole: New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Director on What It’s Like to Make the Leap

From Indie to Tentpole: New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Director on What It’s Like to Make the Leap
Norway is not known for its blockbusters, but “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Joachim Rønning has always made big movies. His last two features, co-directed with partner Espen Sandberg, weren’t the intimate stories of arthouse filmmaking: “Max Manus: Man of War” was an action drama about a World War II saboteur, while their Oscar-nominated 2012 breakout, “Kon-Tiki,” detailed the journey of a Norwegian explorer who crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1947 on a balsa wood raft.

Read More: The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women

“Even making films in Norway, I never felt I made small films,” said Rønning. “I’m drawn to big stories, and big emotions, because I love making movies for the big screen. I like to be engulfed in the theater and make stories that takes you places.”

Nonetheless, there is a matter of scale. In
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Life: Director Daniel Espinosa On The Outer Space Thriller

Swedish director Daniel Espinosa might have been another foreign filmmaker working in obscurity until his film Snabba Cash (Easy Money) caught the attention of Hollywood, and he was hired to helm Safe House, an action-thriller starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington that became a huge hit over here. (Espinosa’s next movie, the psychological thriller Child 44, failed to find much of an audience, more due to poor marketing than anything else.)

Now, Espinosa is back with Life, an outer space thriller starring Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and more, which looks at what it might be like if life was discovered on Mars, and what might happen if that life turns out to be hostile. For the astronauts of the Iss (International Space Station), it becomes a life or death situation as a single cell organism starts growing and becoming stronger and smarter, as they have to figure out
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Life’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Life’
Why is it that practically every time sci-fi characters discover evidence of extraterrestrial life, they are just as swiftly confronted with creative new ways to die? As “we are not alone” scenarios go, “Life” is no exception, although it’s unusually intelligent for so much of its running time — picture white-knuckle “Alien” hijinks grounded by “Gravity”-strong human drama — that the lame-brained last act comes as a real disappointment (unless you’re determined to read this Sony-released Mars-attacks thriller as an origin story for Spider-Man’s Venom nemesis, which it is not).

Still, overlook its inevitable wah-wah ending (cue sad trombone sound effect), and “Life” is far better than the trailers made this me-too outer-space opus look. Assuming that “Passengers” hasn’t quashed audiences’ appetite for space-station movies, and that sci-fi enthusiasts wouldn’t rather simply wait for Ridley Scott’s fast-approaching “Alien: Covenant,” then director Daniel Espinosa’s mostly-smart,
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Next "Pirates of the Caribbean" Begins Filming

The fifth film in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" series has begun filming. Here's the press release the company issued today to celebrate the news which also includes a detailed new synopsis. Here's the press release in full:

Queens Land, Australia (February 18, 2015) – Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning ("Kon-Tiki"), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying
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Pirates 5 sets sail

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has begun shooting at the Village Roadshow Studios and on locations in Queensland, a major boost to employment in the State. According to Screen Queensland, 75% of the 850-plus crew are Queenslanders and more locals will be employed during the five months of filming. There will be an estimated 6,100 extras man-days, the majority of which will be local hires. A Queensland production manager was among the first to be engaged. As If had reported, Brenton Thwaites is playing Henry, a British soldier, in the Jerry Bruckheimer/Disney production directed by Kon-Tiki.s Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning. Geoffrey Rush returns as Barbossa alongside Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Javier Bardem as his nemesis Captain Salazar, Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) as Henry's love interest, Golshifteh Farahani (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum.
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Johnny Depp Returning As Captain Jack Sparrow As Filming Begins On Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Australia

Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic comedy adventure Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki”), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”).

Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa,
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'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Begins Shooting in Australia

'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Begins Shooting in Australia
Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim R&#248nning (Kon-Tiki), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, British television's Skins) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) and Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone, Exodus: Gods and Kings). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa,
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Wayne Fitterman Lands As Partner At Wme

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Exclusive: Deadline revealed exclusively Friday that longtime UTA Production Department co-head Wayne Fitterman had left that agency and was in talks to land at Wme. I have confirmed that he has now officially joined Wme as a partner and that he will head Wme’s Production Department. As I wrote, Fitterman had expected to bring three of his cohorts along with him. UTA staved off that coup, but Fitterman brings 46 clients with him so far, with a lot more hanging in the balance. This is an unsung part of the business, covering cinematographers, editors, line producers, production designers, costume designers, and visual effects supervisors. But it’s important. Aside from making piles of money, the department is a breeding ground for first-time directors. Among the clients Fitterman has brought with him are Jenny Beavan (The King’s Speech), Mark Bridges (The Artist), Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis), Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood
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World War Z – The Review

World War Z is easily the best time I’ve had at the movies so far this summer. Yes, I’ve heard all the stories about the huge production going over budget and all the reshoots and multiple script doctors, but for me, none of that was evident in the finished product.

Not being a fan at all of the zombie genre that has become so popular of late, I saw this more as a “global disaster” movie that had huge portions of the population affected and infected by a worldwide pandemic.

Brad Pitt is Gerry Lane, a former Un field investigator that now enjoys life as a family man with his wife (Mireille Enos) and daughters. In a hot second he goes from that tranquility to having to save his family and basically the rest of the world from marauding zombies. The infected folks are quite frightening as they
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Brad Pitt’s World War Z Movie Logo Is Here – First Trailer Invades In Two Days

Here’s a first-look at the World War Z movie logo! Get ready for the exclusive trailer premiere coming in two days. The film stars Academy Award-nominee Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Mireille Enos (AMC.s .The Killing.), Daniella Kertesz in her feature film debut, David Morse (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), James Badge Dale (The Departed), Matthew Fox (.Lost.), with Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) directing.

The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry.s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.

The geo-political thriller from Paramount and Skydance Productions was filmed in England with photography in Malta, Scotland and Hungary.

Produced by Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Colin Wilson, the screenplay is written by
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World War Z Shifts Production to London

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World War Z Shifts Production to London
Paramount Pictures, Film London and Southwark Council announced today that World War Z, starring Academy Award-nominee Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), will be filming in the London Borough of Southwark.

During filming - which will take place on the Heygate Estate later this month - the production will provide young, aspiring film-makers from the local community with a unique opportunity to gain exclusive access to a major film set and gain unprecedented experience by assisting on the production.

The Heygate Estate is due for demolition as part of significant investment in the area and a major regeneration programme. Although some perceive the Estate as having negative connotations for the borough, the local council and Film London, the capital's film and media agency, have worked with Paramount Pictures to bring the local community a very special opportunity, on a production featuring one of the world's biggest stars.
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World War Z (2012): Brad Pitt Zombie Attack Set Video

World War Z Brad Pitt Zombie Attack Set Video. The Brad Pitt World War Z (2012) zombie attack set video is from a Marc Forster directed film and shows Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) in dire straits on the streets of a metropoltian city. A zombie outbreak occurs and Brad Pitt most flee from the situation very quickly. World War Z‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Max Brooks, “The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.”

This could be good but I wish they hadn’t changed the story from the book. That is what made this zombie tale innovative.

More on World War Z:

Produced by Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Colin Wilson, the screenplay is written by
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Paramount To Release World War Z On December 21, 2012

Production Is Underway On The Brad Pitt Starrer,

With Marc Forster Directing

London, England (August 2011) – Paramount Pictures announced that it has set a release date of December 21st, 2012 for World War Z starring Academy Award-nominee Brad Pitt, with Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) directing. The geo-political thriller from Paramount and Skydance Productions, in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and Gk Films, is a Plan B Entertainment/Apparatus Productions production that is shooting in England following initial photography completed in Malta last month. The film will also shoot in Scotland and Hungary.

Produced by Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Colin Wilson, the screenplay is written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play) from Max Brooks. best-selling novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Starring Pitt (Moneyball), Mireille Enos (AMC.s .The Killing.), Daniella Kertesz in her feature film debut, James Badge Dale (The Departed) and
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Transformers Dark of the Moon Not-Premiere Report: Michael Bay Talks 3D and Threequels

Last night saw a special ‘fan screening’* of Transformers 3 at the BFI IMAX at Waterloo.

As usual, HeyUGuys were on the press line snatching a few moments from some of the people involved (and one high-profile fan of the series). Below are some of the more interesting conversations we had.

Michael Bay – Director

On filming in 3D:

You rely on the stereographer because they’re the one that’s controlling the knob, but I tell them where we’re focusing, what robots go where. He’s got to imagine with me where I want the focus to be. Jim Cameron was the one that really pushed me to do this. He said he’s been a little disappointed that people are using 3D as an afterthought, not a forethought. He knew I’d do it right.

So I spent a lot of time. 3D’s a pain in the ass.
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Lena Headey Joins Judge Dredd Remake As Chief Villainess

Over the Christmas holidays I sat down to watch Danny Cannon’s original Judge Dredd. The horror, the horror. Yes, with its campy swagger, Versace designed outfits, Rob Schneider but quite impressive set designs by Nigel Phelps, the 1995 comic adaptation is a big pile of steaming crappola.

Its a question of tone and boy did they get it wrong. Fast forward fifteen years and director Pete Travis is re-working the 2000 A.D. character into a cracking new film starring Karl Urban as the legendary lawman. Not only that, the new script comes courtesy of Alex Garland, whose work on Never Let Me Go is sure to get him an award from somebody. You can read our review of that film here.

Filming has been under way in Jo’burg for sometime now but an interesting piece of casting news has been revealed. Lena Headey has been cast the villain of the show.
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Meet the new Dredd, same as the old Dredd

One of the biggest and most inaccurate criticisms of the much-hated 1995 Judge Dredd outing with Sylvester Stallone is that it was faithless to the comic strip. This is almost impossible to accept for anyone who has ever actually picked up 2000Ad: visually, Judge Dredd was about the most accurate comics>movies adaptation ever put on screen. Mega-City One was practically the original comic-strip metropolis come to life, and the oversized Lawmaster bikes were also incredibly respectful of the originals in the comic.

As for the sardonic humour of the original strip, Robocop (1987) screenwriters Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner admitted long ago that they sequestered it for the Paul Verhoeven sci-fi thriller. Leaving Dredd very little left to play with, without looking, ironically, like a Robocop wannabe.

One of the main reasons cited for the failure of the Danny Cannon version is this very fidelity - even Stallone has been quoted
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