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With the full line-up for this year’s 59th BFI London Film Festival set to be unveiled on Tuesday, September 1st, Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks ahead to the festival with some of the films that may be part of the extensive programme.
We’ve already had confirmation that Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, is opening the festival on Wednesday October 7th, with Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender closing the festival. Todd Haynes’ acclaimed Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and James Vanderbilt’s Truth, also starring Blanchett opposite Robert Redford, part of the festival’s gala presentations. So what other treats are in store for the famous festival? Here are some of the film’s we may be lucky enough to see this October…
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
A massive success upon its debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, »
- Scott J. Davis
See Also: Casting call for Kong: Skull Island reveals plot details
Jordon Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) is directing Kong: Skull Island, while the cast includes Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Tom Wilkinson (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
Kong: Skull Island is set for release on March 10th, 2017.
- Gary Collinson
Jason Mitchell, who plays Easy-e in this weekend’s big opener in the UK, Straight Outta Compton, is in negotiations to join the cast of Kong: Skull Island. If he takes on the job, he will join the already cast Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and fellow ‘Compton’ star Corey Hawkins in the film, which kicks off shooting very soon.
Not much is known about the flick yet, other than that it follows “a team of explorers who venture into the mysterious, creature-laden isle that is also the home of the king of the apes.”
- Paul Heath
Fresh off his breakout role as rapper Eazy-e in F. Gary Gray's critically acclaimed biopic Straight Outta Compton, actor Jason Mitchell has signed on for a role in Universal & Legendary's upcoming monster epic Kong: Skull Island, which hits theaters March 10, 2017 and is being helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer) with a script from Derek Connolly (Jurassic World). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mitchell will portray an easy going pilot, who will likely be a part of the crew of explorers that find themselves on the mysterious Skull Island, which coincidentally is also the residence of the king of the apes Kong. This move reunites Mitchell with his Compton co-star Corey Hawkins (Iron Man 3). He also joins a cast that already features Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), John C. Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy), and Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol »
Just a few weeks after Corey Antonio Hawkins joined Legendary Pictures' Kong: Skull Island, Variety reports the actor's Straight Outta Compton co-star Jason Mitchell is in talks to join the cast. If the actor does sign on, he will join a cast that also includes Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. We reported earlier this month that Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Wilkinson are being eyed to replace Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons in Kong: Skull Island.
The story centers on a group of explorers who go on an expedition to Skull Island, the home of King Kong. The story is said to be in the spirit of Legendary's recent blockbuster Godzilla, keeping the same established mythology of the creature intact while placing the story in a new and distinct timeline. If he signs on, Jason Mitchell will portray a pilot, but no details were given for the other characters quite yet. »
At the rate we’re going, Kong: Skull Island could end up a full-fledged Straight Outta Compton reunion. With Corey Hawkins already aboard the adventure film, Compton co-star Jason Mitchell is now set to sign on to the cast. With Hawkins, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and other recent recruit Toby Kebbell locked in, Mitchell is, according to The Hollywood Reporter, in negotiations to play a wise-cracking pilot. Little else is known about the film’s story right now, but we do at least know that it sees a brave (or foolhardy) group heading to the fog-shrouded, mysterious titular island, home to the world’s biggest, angriest ape and a whole host of other creatures. As they venture deeper within the place, they encounter yet more surprises.Jordan Vogt-Roberts is in charge of marshalling the monster mash, working from a script that has seen work by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and, »
What starts as a London-based riff on the themes of Shallow Grave gradually descends into a bargain-basement Straw Dogs as James Franco and Kate Hudson’s misplaced American couple grapple with the fallout of finding a stash of cash amid their dead tenant’s belongings. Should they keep the money and avoid imminent eviction? Or should they heed the warnings of Tom Wilkinson’s wily but bereaved detective? The answer is obvious, yet this increasingly ramshackle thriller somehow manages to bodge many of its key plot points, leaving the narrative as badly maintained as the rundown houses it occupies. Omar Sy picks the short straw as the villainous smooth operator with a naff line in gnomic threats, while the ear-scraping copshop banter leaves The Sweeney looking like a hard-hitting documentary. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Fresh from his role as Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that British actor Toby Kebbell is in talks to join Universal and Legendary Pictures’ upcoming King Kong follow-up Kong: Skull Island.
Kebbell would join an ever-increasing cast that so far includes Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton). Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Tom Wilkinson (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) are also in talks to star.
- Gary Collinson
If your film features a giant ape, it makes sense to hire an actor with a bit of experience in the simian department. There’s no indication that Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Toby Kebbell will be back in performance capture gear for Kong: Skull Island, though. He’s just the latest recruit for Jordan Vogt-Roberts monster movie, which already boasts Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Corey Hawkins among its cast, and may end up adding John C. Reilly, Tom Wilkinson and Samuel L. Jackson.The film, which aims to kick off shooting late in October in Hawaii, finds an expedition headed to the mysterious, misty island, with the explorers looking to unlock its secrets, including the titular giant ape. Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly was recently hired to take a new pass at the script before it heads in front of cameras.Kebbell has been in demand of late, »
It seems that actor Toby Kebbell has found his next gig. After impressing in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and being one of the few bright spots in the mess that was Fantastic Four, Kebbell will next star in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island, the upcoming monster origin story for Universal and Legendary which is due to hit theatres on March 10th, 2017.
Already set to star an impressive lineup of actors that includes Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and Tom Wilkinson, the film will tell the story of “a team of explorers venture into the mysterious, creature-laden isle that is also the home of the king of the apes.” No word yet on who Kebbell may be playing, but it will likely be a supporting role, perhaps as one of the explorers who meets an untimely death?
- James Garcia
After taking on the Fantastic Four and Caeser, it sounds like Toby Kebbell is gearing up to take on something much, much bigger... King Kong! The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Kebbell is currently in talks to join the cast of Universal & Legendary's upcoming monster origin story Kong: Skull Island, which hits theaters March 10, 2017 and is being helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer). He joins a cast that already features Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), John C. Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy), and Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). In addition to his villainous roles in Fantastic Four and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, which were both produced by 20th Century Fox, Kebbell is also widely known for his roles in the British anthology series Black Mirror and in Walt Disney's Prince Of Persia »
Having wrapped up script duties on Isla Nublar and Colin Trevorrow’s box office behemoth Jurassic World, screenwriter Derek Connolly is ready to set sail for a new resort according to The Hollywood Reporter, with Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island now smack bang between his crosshairs.
With filming set to kickoff later this year, it’s understood that the extent of Connolly’s work will be relatively minor, adding an extra sheen of polish before the cameras begin rolling on the film’s Hawaiian set – it’ll also shoot in Vietnam and Iceland. Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ creature feature has been doing the rounds across some of the industry’s more notable writing talents, with Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy all contributing to the screenplay over the past few months.
- Michael Briers
Connolly, who also worked with Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow on Safety Not Guaranteed, has been brought onto Kong to do some last minute tweaks on the script, with the film currently midway through casting and pre-production. Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), Max Borenstein (Godzilla) and John Gatins (Flight) previously worked on the script.
Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) have already signed on to the film, with rumours last month suggesting Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Tom Wilkinson (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) are in line to join the cast, »
- Scott J. Davis
After helping director Colin Trevorrow build the story for Universal's mega-blockbuster Jurassic World, Warner Bros. is bringing on screenwriter Derek Connolly to write the script for Kong: Skull Island. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the writer is coming in to do some last-minute work on the script, as the studio continues casting, leading up to an October production start date. Production will start in Hawaii, with the adventure then moving to Iceland and Vietnam.
Kong: Skull Island was first announced at Comic-Con 2014, revealed as a a bold new take on the mythos of King Kong. This new adventure will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary's story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline.
Tom Hiddleston has been attached »
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Lambert & Stamp (documentary about the formation of the Who; Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey; rated R) Little Boy (WWII-set drama; Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson; rated PG-13) Being Evel (documentary; Robert ‘Evel’ Knievel; premieres 8/21 on cable Mod and in theaters; not rated) She’s Funny That Way (love-triangle comedy; Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Will Forte; premieres 8/21 on...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
The script for Kong: Skull Island is going through one of those typical phases that most of the big movies seem to suffer these days; call it Multiple Writer Syndrome. With the monster movie weeks away from shooting, Jurassic World’s Derek Connolly is coming aboard to take a pass at the screenplay.Given that Universal and Legendary have high hopes for the movie – which sees a group of explorers including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Corey Hawkins heading for the mysterious island in search of adventure and giant creatures – we suppose it make sense to call in one of the writers behind the year’s most successful film. Which just so happens to feature big beasties rampaging on an island. Writers including Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy have worked on the script already, so Connolly will likely just be polishing and shifting things around, especially in light »
Rosario Dawson’s role in the small-screen Marvel universe may span far beyond the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, but that hasn’t precluded the actress from appearing in more feature films, too, with The Hollywood Reporter today bringing word that Dawson has boarded Warner Bros.’ thriller, Unforgettable. She’ll be joined there by Katherine Heigl, according to Variety, with both actresses uniting for Denise Di Novi’s picture.
Acting as Di Novi’s directorial debut, the casting coup is a significant step in the right direction for the property, which suffered the loss of Amma Asante when the Belle helmer left the project earlier this year.
Based on a script from Christina Hodson and David Leslie Johnson, Unforgettable centers around a woman (Dawson) who finds her attempts at assimilating into a family life with her new husband and step daughter tormented by the dreaded ex-wife (Heigl). It reads like an unashamed suburban thriller, »
- Michael Briers
Rosario Dawson is also on board to co-star in the pic.
The film marks Heigl’s return to the studio, where she previously starred in the Greg Berlanti-directed and Di Novi-produced “Life As We Know It.” The casting is a big step forward for the film, which looks to be one step closer to production following “Belle” director Amma Asante’s departure earlier this year.
Heigl most recently starred in the independent feature “Jenny’s Wedding” with Tom Wilkinson that premiered at this year’s Outfest Film Festival. This year she also starred in the Ami Mann directed independent feature “Jackie & Ryan. »
- Justin Kroll
We saw the first trailer just last week and today the MPAA delivers the rating for Angelina Jolie's new movie in which she not only directs, but stars in opposite her husband, Brad Pitt, and it seems By the Sea won't only be touting the names of the two high profile celebs, but a strong R-rating along with it for "strong sexuality, nudity, and language." That'll heat up the cinema, though this looks like a bit of a tough drama than some sort of Fifty Shades sex romp. Speaking of... next up is yet another new Nicholas Sparks adaptation, this one is called The Choice starring Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Tom Welling, Benjamin Walker and even Tom Wilkinson. PG-13 rating for this one... naturally. Oh, yeah, and guess where it takes place... If you said a "small coastal town", pat yourself on the back. A couple animated »
- Brad Brevet
'Fantastic Four' 2015 with Miles Teller, Kate Mara, The Thing (Jamie Bell) and Michael B. Jordan. 'Fantastic Four' 2015 box office: A costly domestic flop in the making? Fantastic Four 2015, a 20th Century Fox release “in association with Marvel Entertainment,” is about to become the biggest big-budget superhero(es) dud at the domestic office since at least The Green Hornet (not to be confused with the equally underwhelming Green Lantern) four years ago. Directed by Josh Trank, who dissed the film's final edit on Twitter (see more details below), Fantastic Four stars Kate Mara (Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman), Miles Teller (Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm / The Human Torch), and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm / The Thing). A while back, Fantastic Four became the subject of ardent arguments because of Michael B. Jordan's ethnicity: unlike the Fruitvale Station actor, the comic books' Johnny Storm is white. »
- Zac Gille
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