Charlie Hunnam and Margot Robbie are in talks to join the Fox 2000 adaptation The Mountain Between Us. Michael Fassbender was attached to star back in March 2012, when Gerardo Naranjo was set to direct, but neither are involved in the adaptation at this time.
The plot is based on the Charles Martin novel that follows Ashley, a writer leaving Salt Lake City for her wedding on the East Coast, and Ben, a doctor returning from a medical conference. After their flight is delayed, they agree to charter a plane back East together, although the pilot suffers a heart attack and they crash in the wilderness. Even though his ribs are broken, Ben helps Ashley, who suffered a broken leg, down the mountain in harsh conditions.
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It’s a busy time for Charlie Hunnam and Margot Robbie in terms of job offers. While one (Robbie) is busy shooting several big films, Hunnam is receiving overtures for others as he sees the final season of Sons Of Anarchy about to air in the Us. Now, if the talks work out, the two could be joining forces for The Mountain Between Us.J Mills Goodloe originally adapted the script from Charles Martin’s novel, which finds two strangers surviving a plane crash in the Colorado woods and braving the elements together. The experience draws them closer and they fall in love. Hunnam would play Ben Trace, a doctor and climbing fanatic who helps injured writer Ashley (Robbie) as they make their way down a mountain in unforgiving weather. Back in 2012, when he was fielding every possible film under the sun, Michael Fassbender was considering the lead, but he has since moved on. »
Fox’s big romantic drama “The Mountain Between Us” has had a few bumps along the way. Gerardo Naranjo (Mexico's Best Foreign Language Film entry with “Miss Bala" in 2011) was scheduled to direct and Michael Fassbender was set to star alongside “The Wolf Of Wall Street” actress Margot Robbie. But a lot has changed since those original announcements. Robbie is still on board, but most of the other principals have changed. Michael Fassbender has dropped out of the project, and replacing him is “Pacific Rim” star Charlie Hunnam. That’s not a trade up, but on the flipside, two-time Academy Award-nominee, Israeli-born Palestinian film director Hany Abu-Assad ("Paradise Now," “Omar”) has taken over the director’s chair. It’s now a radically different project in our minds, but it’s still one to watch. The film is a harrowing tale of survival and a love story, where a plane crash strands the two leads. »
- Edward Davis
Few films explore the creative process as insightfully -- and bizarrely -- as Frank.
A strange, genre-defying mix of dark and slapstick comedy, Frank follows Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a struggling British musician whose life is forever changed when he joins an avant-garde pop band with an unpronounceable name, the Soronprfbs.
As the band spends months recording a new album in a remote cabin in Ireland, Jon discovers his bandmates are enormously talented and predictably oddball. Singer and theremin player Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a snarling terror. Drummer Nana (Carla Azar) says almost nothing (we sense this may be a good thing), and bass player Baraque (François Civil) is a snooty Frenchman who apparently speaks only in insults. But the oddest of the lot is Frank (Michael Fassbender), a charismatic but emotionally disturbed lead singer who, afraid to face the world directly, wears a giant papier-mâché head at all times.
- Don Clinchy
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After seeing what Bryan Singer did with X-Men: Days of Future Past, I can't wait to see what he has in store for X-Men: Apocalypse. The script for the sequel was being worked on over the summer, and the film is currently set to be released on May 27th, 2016.
A new report has surfaced from Canadian newspaper Journal De Montreal, who confirms that the movie will start filming in April of 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Construction on the set for the film will begin at the end of this year at Mel’s Studio, which is where Days of Future Past was shot.
As of right now, no one has officially signed on to star in the film, but you can bet that we'll be seeing a lot of familiar faces such as Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Nicholas Hoult. Producer/co-writer Simon Kinberg previously »
- Joey Paur
With X-Men: Days of Future Past being both a hit and much better than most people expected, the gears are moving fast for X-Men: Apocalypse. As the title and the post-credits stinger at the end of Dofp imply, the primary antagonist will be the supervillain Apocalypse. The story will follow the First Class gang along with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine into the 1980s. We also know from the treatment page teased last month that the Four Horseman will again be making an appearance. And now we might also have a start date for filming. With his legal troubles seemingly under control, Bryan Singer is expected (but not confirmed) to direct the film from a script he’s been developing with Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg and X2 scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. The release date is May 27th, 2016. Hit the jump for more on the X-Men: Apocalypse filming date. »
- Evan Dickson
According to Journal de Montreal (via Cjad), the X-Men will be returning to Montreal for 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, with 20th Century Fox set to open a production office for the next instalment in the mutant Marvel series next month. Set construction is reportedly due to get underway in December, with cameras starting to roll in April. This would be the second X-Men movie to shoot in Montreal after this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Bryan Singer is currently attached to direct Apocalypse, with a cast that so far includes James McAvoy (Professor Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine). It has been reported that Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street) may appear as Gambit, while Singer has teased the reintroduction of characters such as Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 27th, 2016.
- Gary Collinson
Scandinavian company Svensk has signed an output deal with France's Studiocanal that will see Svensk take all rights in Nordic territories for new Studiocanal films. The deal includes such high-profile titles as Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard; Paul King's Paddington featuring Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington Bear and co-starring Nicole Kidman and Dr Who's Peter Capaldi; and animated feature Shaun the Sheep. The deal will also see the two European giants join forces on English-language co-productions set in the Nordic territories. Svensk will handle distribution on these co-production for
- Scott Roxborough
London Film Festival: First Look - British director Steve McQueen's devastating indictment of the American slave trade is told through the eyes of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), an educated free man who is shanghaied into a life of vicious servitude in the South. Michael Fassbender chills as the plantation owner who spouts the Old Testament while inflicting unbearable cruelties and Lupita Nyong'o shines as the slave girl who becomes the object of his sex obsession. Relentless and heartbreaking, it's the most powerful film of the year. »
Benedict Cumberbatch is witty, charming, and dashing - even when he's totally drunk!
The actor was honored at the GQ Men of the Year Awards and admitted in his acceptance speech that he'd had a few drinks. But that didn't stop the tipsy Cumberbatch from giving a delightful, profanity-laden speech.
Then Cumberbatch started drunkenly rambling about "motor drivers."
"What century am I from? I'm auditioning for 'Downton Abbey' or some such s---," he said, hastily adding, "Not that 'Downton Abbey' is s---." (That was especially funny since former "Downton" star Dan Stevens presented him with the award!)
We'd like to hang with Drunk Cumberbatch.
- Kelly Woo
Black will direct The Nice Guys from an original screenplay he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi about a down-at-heel private eye and a thug in 1970s Los Angeles who team up on the murder investigation of a porn star that uncovers high-level conspiracy.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu 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 Moms' Night Out (comedy; Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton; rated PG) Night Moves (thriller; Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning; rated R) For No Good Reason (documentary; Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman; rated R) Frank (comedy; Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal; premieres 9/5 on Mod and in theaters; rated R) God Help the Girl (drama; Emily Browning, Hannah Murray; premieres 9/5 on Mod and in...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Release Date: August 29, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: A songwriter (Gleeson) meets a bandleader who always wears a giant head (Fassbender).
Who’S It For? Those who cherish unabashed creativity.
Frank begins inside the head of scruffy yokel Jon (Domnhall Gleeson), a musician living with his parents who just wants to compose the hit song that will bestow him on his big break. By freak timing, the struggling pop-inclined keyboardist is randomly brought on board an enigmatic band called The Soronprfbs. Within this noise rock band (start by thinking of freakier Flaming Lips tracks) is acidic synth player Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), bassist and drummer Baraque and Nana (François Civil and Carla Azar), and their manager Don (Scoot McNairy). Their lead singer is also their chief songwriter, a man named Frank (Michael Fassbender »
- Nick Allen
Nudity? That's nothing. These nine stars rounded up by The Stir bared all on the big screen: Katie Holmes: Her scene came in 2000's The Gift , opposite Greg Kinnear. Kate Winslet: She's gone full-frontal in The Reader , Iris , and Holy Smoke , plus topless in Titanic . Michael Fassbender: He made quite an impression when he stripped down in Shame. Scarlett Johansson: She stripped down in Under the Skin recently. Kristin Scott Thomas: She got naked in the bath with Ralph Fiennes in The English Patient . Click for the complete list , including an actor who got naked in front of a live »
- Evann Gastaldo
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
London-based Protagonist Pictures is restructuring as it stretches to fit increased ambitions. The company has had a strong year with Sundance and Berlin hits Frank and ’71, and a number of films in the pipeline. Part of the ramp up includes key appointments just ahead of bringing three titles to Toronto. 3311 Productions’ Eddie Vaisman is joining the company as head of production and acquisitions, U.S., kickstarting its U.S. business. He’ll look to strengthen Protagonist’s Stateside profile and build up its finance and production activities. Vaisman’s credits include producing In A World…, an exec producing Michael Polish’s Big Sur and the upcoming Ad Inexplorata with Mark Strong. He previously worked at Sony-based Avenue Pictures and in 2004 started out at Kathryn Bigelow’s Paramount-based First Light. In another hire, Vanessa Saal will join the company as head of sales. She’s moving over from Studiocanal where she was Svp of international sales. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
As Michael Fassbender's career continues, he's becoming more and more invested in his work. Aside from starring in, he'll also be producing the upcoming video game adaptation of Assassin's Creed that's to be helmed by Justin Kurzel, on which he recently worked with on MacBeth. While he wont have so strong a behind-the-scenes role in regards to X-men: Apocalypse, he did speak with writer Simon Kinberg in relation to his character of Magneto and what »
- Sean Wist
VFX studio Moving Picture Company has revealed a large batch of new concept art photos from Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The first images features alternate designs for props, vehicles, sets and some key frame art as they eventually appeared in Marvel Studios and Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Concept Art
Additionally, the studio gave us a look at some of their designs for the 1970s prototype sentinels and some futuristic sentinels.
X-Men: Days of Future Past: Concept Art
After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team known as the 'Guardians of the Galaxy »
A quarter-century after “Batman” ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles — hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch — a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star’s attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway. , that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.
See Also: Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race
Keaton was a controversial choice to play the Caped Crusader back in 1989, though the role was the best and worst thing that could have happened to the “Mr. Mom” star, who became world-renowned but never found another role of that stature — and who didn’t get nearly the same boost from working with Tarantino (on »
- Peter Debruge
Luke Owen with his top five movies of the summer…
Celebrating 60 years of destruction, the King of the Monsters made his return to the big screen in this American reboot to the classic series. Godzilla saw Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as a husband and wife duo who are trying to reunite after The Big G shows up and starts tearing through cities chasing after alien-like creature M.U.T.O.
Director Gareth Edwards clearly loved the classic Godzilla movies from the character’s 50s and 60s heydays as the movie was a call back to those films. It had a slow, methodical pace and it focused on the human characters and their dramas while Godzilla fought in the background as the ever looming presence and metaphor for nuclear war. Sadly, the movie only takes our fifth spot here as the human element (including »
- Gary Collinson
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