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• Cillian Murphy, best known for his work with Christopher Nolan in Inception and the Dark Knight movies, has joined the cast of Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea. Based on the Nathaniel Philbrick novel about the whale ship Essex, Murphy will play the role of Matthew Joy, the second mate aboard the doomed ship. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) also stars. Murphy is currently filming Transcendence, and recently wrapped Cry/Fly with Jennifer Connelly and Mélanie Laurent. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Two veteran directors have added a couple of very talented actors to their next films. First up, Jason Schwartzman has signed on to star alongside Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, and Krysten Ritter in director Tim Burton’s true story Big Eyes. The story focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret (Adams) and Walter (Waltz) Keane. Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, though it was the shy Margaret who really did the work. Margaret eventually tired of the misplaced credit, which led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings. It’s refreshing to see Burton stepping out of his comfort zone casting-wise with this film, as Schwartzman makes yet another Burton-newbie added to the cast. The Wrap reports that the actor will play a San Francisco art gallery owner named Ruben in the film. Hit the jump »
- Adam Chitwood
Exclusive: Cillian Murphy jas joined the cast of In The Heart Of The Sea, the Ron Howard-directed adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick book for Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures. Brian Grazer is producing with Joe Roth, Paula Weinstein and William Ward, with Palak Patel exec producing. Murphy will play Matthew Joy, second mate on the whale ship Essex. Citing reports of cannibals in the Society Islands, Joy and first mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) convince first time Captain Pollard (Benjamin Walker) to sail to South America after an enraged sperm whale rams and sinks the Essex, leaving 21 crew members adrift in small boats, 3,000 miles from land. The film begins shooting around London in mid-September. Murphy is currently at work on Wally Pfister’s Transcendence with Johnny Depp in New Mexico. He wrapped Cry/Fly, an indie opposite Jennifer Connelly and Mélanie Laurent and this fall stars in Peak Blinders, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Did you ever feel just a little bit jealous of the Bluths of "Arrested Development," having Ron Howard narrate their daily lives? Netflix has helped soothe that jealousy for some Twitter users -- the online streaming site has gotten Howard to read tweets from users, just like they were "Arrested Development" narration.
Over the past week, Howard has read dozens of tweets sent with the #ADNarrates hashtag. Netflix did release multiple videos featuring Howard's renditions, but those are short. To remedy the situation, there is now a compilation of Howard's narrations.
All put together in one video, it's almost like Netflix has given fans a taste of another "Arrested Development" season. Almost.
The best narrations are those in which Howard goes off-script and editorializes the content of the tweet he reads. Some examples of this include:
"I soon discovered that all of my candy beans had been eaten by co-workers. »
Legendary Entertainment will decide whether to stay at Warner Bros within the next 60 days, or by the end of the summer, according to Thomas Tull.
The Legendary chief disclosed the time frame during a presentation of the company’s upcoming film slate to press in Hollywood.
Tull said the two companies are in very different position from when they first paired up to co-finance and co-produce tentpoles in 2005.
“We are talking to everyone,” Tull said, including Warner Bros., with Kevin Tsujihara now heading the studio. Since taking control of the studio in March, Tsujihara has “been getting his arms around the situation,” of whether to continue its relationship with Legendary. “He’s been great,” Tull said.
Warner Bros. is evaluating the types of partnerships it wants to be in, and the amount of ownership it wants over its franchises, Tull said. Outside of “Harry Potter,” Warner Bros. rarely owns 100% of its tentpoles, »
- Marc Graser
With 2009's “Public Enemies” a distant misstep now, and only the pilot for the cancelled HBO series “Luck” completed since, director Michael Mann is nonetheless slowly approaching another resurgence, this time with two projects: the untitled cyber thriller with Viola Davis and Chris Hemsworth (now shooting), and the recently rewritten historical drama, “Agincourt.” But while we wait for the next effort from the helmer, why not take a look back at the curious journey of arguably his most famous and accomplished film: the 1995 cops-and-robbers drama, “Heat.” The 17-minute BBC documentary, “Mann Made: From La Takedown To Heat,” consists of an extended interview with Mann, where he recounts the stripped-down version of his 180-page screenplay for “Heat,” in a 1989 made-for-tv quickie called “La Takedown,” as well as his unhurried workflow. “The amount of time I take between projects is not a method; it's an irritant,” he says. “I »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Ron Howard’s Rush has long been one of my most anticipated films of the year, with the director reuniting with the great Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) for the racing action/drama, promising to be one of the highlights of 2013.
Universal released a great new trailer a few weeks back, giving us another fantastic look at the adrenaline-fuelled pace of the film. And now they’ve released a new featurette, via MSN, going behind the scenes on the true-story rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives.
Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true »
- Kenji Lloyd
Remember ten years ago when you would be in HMV looking at a DVD box set of something like The West Wing and then unfolding the twenty pound note in your pocket and wondering whether to part with all that cash for something you had never seen? You had just heard that someone somewhere liked it, but for that £30 you could get two films like Bad Boys 2 and Kill Bill volume 1!
These were difficult times my friends, and more often than not £30 would go down the drain and you would watch three episodes of whatever series it was and decide it wasn’t for you. Well thanks to modern technology and its mission to kill DVD, Blu-Ray and whatever other physical media dinosaur you prefer, this dilemma is a thing of the past.
Nowadays you can go onto Lovefilm, Netflix, BT Vision or whatever else and stream whole seasons of TV for almost nothing. »
- Chris Holt
To his credit, Ron Howard has been quite active on the social networks when it comes to his latest movie, Rush. The movie portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed-handsome English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. The footage on display is breath taking and looks incredibly authentic. Rush hits cinemas on September 13th Ireland & UK and roars into Stateside on September 20th. Via Universal »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Whedon delivered the news in a podcast interview with Empire;
“Everyone is going to be looking for the Loki-Hulk smash moment and you’ll be looking for [a quim moment]. First of all, imitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, Loki’s not there to say those terrible things. Although I do think we should bring the word back, not as an insult, it’s just a nice word.”
The decision not to use Loki in the next ensemble film makes perfect sense. Not only does this mean a new master villain will be used but likely a different kind of threat to the world. If Marvel had gone back to Loki in The Avengers 2, »
- Matt Robinson
Universal's eagerly-anticipated drama directed by Ron Howard, has a new "A Look Inside" festurette. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl and Olivia Wilde and opens in theaters on September 20th. Hemsworth as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Brühl as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives. Set against the sexy, glamorous and spectacular golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, »
For a huge portion of the human race, the only thing worse than the pun I used in title of this article is the fact that Tom Hiddleston will not be returning for The Avengers 2. Joss Whedon confirmed the news during an Empire Movie Podcast to discuss his latest offering, the retelling of Shakespeare’s (Google him) Much Ado About Nothing. Speaking of the superhero blockbuster sequel’s progress, Whedon commented:
I’ve turned in a first draft, but the story is very set. Everybody’s very much on board with the exact movie I’m trying to make which is what worked the first time.
But when pressed for a bit more information Whedon said:
Immitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, and Loki is not there to say those terrible things.
So there you have it. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Avengers 2 writer-director Joss Whedon revealed over the weekend that Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston in Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, will not be featured in the upcoming Marvel Phase Two sequel.
"Immitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, and Loki is not there to say those terrible things."
Tom Hiddleston does return in Thor: The Dark World, debuting in theaters this fall, but it isn't known why the villain does not make an appearance in The Avengers 2. The filmmaker also confirmed a story from April that he has finished the first draft of the sequel, and that the rest of the Marvel's The Avengers cast is returning.
"I've turned in a first draft, but the story is very set. Everybody's very much on board with the exact movie I'm trying to make which is what worked the first time. »
New games and next-generation hardware were on display at the annual E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles. Seemed everyone knew how big this convention was. Even Thor (Chris Hemsworth) showed up! Sony and Microsoft spared no expense hyping the upcoming holiday season. Both promise more functionality than ever before. Will we use our new PS4s for more than just Netflix? Can the Xbox One really be an all-in-one device? More importantly, does HD make Mario look fat? Big titles like The Elder Scrolls Online, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag got nerds all hot and bothered while smaller titles like Outlast made us wanna play all night, alone in the dark. Here's our best of the show »
The fandom for Thor: The Dark World is pretty large, especially considering the enormous fan base actor Tom Hiddleston enjoys. The following for Chris Hemsworth (Thor Odinson) and Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif) is nothing to sneeze at either. In that respect, fans have been analyzing a few recent tweets from Alexander trying to discern what exactly Alexander was preparing to do for the Thor sequel. It was expected that Alexander was preparing to do 'something' more but was it Adr work or actual reshoots? Well now it appears that we have our answer. Interesting enough, Samuel L. Jackson also revealed via twitter that he made a quick trip to the UK while in the middle of filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The majority of 'The Dark World' was filmed at Iver's Pinewood Sutdios. It's entirely possible that rather than reshoots, an end-credit or stinger scene was filmed. »
Happy Father's Day!To celebrate the holiday, we wanted to take a look at some of Hollywood's hottest dads -- there's absolutely no trait sexier on a man, than a guy who's a great father. From David Beckham who's always doting on his little girl Harper, to Tom Brady's quality guy time with his son Jack and Chris Hemsworth who's completely infatuated with his little girl India -- these dads know how to be real role models. What makes these men even better? They're super easy on the eyes. Talk about the whole package -- click "Launch Gallery" above to see stars like Ryan Phillippe, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Affleck and even more of Hollywood's hottest dads! You're welcome. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Watch the featurette below:
Video: 'Rush' behind-the-scenes exclusive movie clip
Howard previously directed blockbusters such as Apollo 11 and Backdraft, as well as book adaptations The Da Vinci Code and The Grinch. He won 'Best Director' at the Academy Awards for A Beautiful Mind.
Rush will be released in the UK on September 13 and in the Us on September 20. »
See Matt Damon in the new trailer for Elysium - Moviefone Relive TV's toughest farewells of the year - Vulture Mumford & Sons skip Bonnaroo - HuffPost Entertainment The most misunderstood celebrities - Cracked Was this week the creepiest episode of Hannibal yet? - BuddyTV Was Save Me doomed from the start? - Splitsider See Chris Hemsworth looking hot in Thor: The Dark World - Rotten Tomatoes The most hilarious entertainment Google searches - NextMovie Superman's biggest fan? - The Daily Beast Joe Manganiello takes on Tennessee Williams - The Hollywood Reporter Give your kids a Superman primer - Popsugar Moms »
- Maggie Pehanick
Elsa Pataky made a rare public appearance when she decided to attend the Oceana Beach House Party to celebrate World Oceans Day in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday, June 8. Thirteen months after giving birth to daughter India (with Chris Hemsworth, her husband of two years), the Fast & Furious 6 actress admitted she doesn't often leave home without her famous family. "Every mom knows that being a mom is difficult," the Spanish star told Us Weekly. "This was really convenient because we live really close." Pataky [...] »
Marvel Studios started building their fortune by hiring unknown or otherwise cheap actors like Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. (hey, he was cheap at the time) to headline their franchises. As they move on to Phase Two and build bigger vaults to hold their riches, though, they're apparently more willing than ever to shell out for some big names. And Guardians of the Galaxy-- an outer-space superhero movie starring a heroic raccoon-- might need the big names to help sell it to audiences who aren't quite ready for the transition. They've already got the likes of Benicio del Toro, Glenn Close and Zoe Saldana on board, and now the role has finally been revealed for one more big name, John C. Reilly. According to Deadline Reilly is playing Ronan "The Accuser" Dey, and I really can't do better to describe him than to lift this information »
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