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Actress Brie Larson is in talks with Legendary Pictures to play the female lead in their highly-anticipated King Kong movie Kong: Skull Island. If her deal is finalized, she will join Tom Hiddleston, who has been attached to star since September. The news comes just weeks after the action-adventure movie lost two of its stars, Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons, due to scheduling conflicts.
No details were given for Brie Larson's character at this time, or how she fits into the story. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is also seeking replacements for J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton, with the studio courting Russell Crowe for one of those roles. It won't be known if the actor will sign on, though, until the latest draft of the screenplay comes in. Legendary first announced the project at Comic-Con 2014 at the end of their Hall H panel.
We reported in January that Kong: Skull Island »
Even though this year’s sci-fi flick Chappie may not have been anywhere near as poignant or impressive as director Neill Blomkamp‘s previous effort District 9, you can’t deny that the film has some unbelievable special effects. Bringing the titular artificially intelligent robot to life is quite a feat, and it was done with a combination […]
- Ethan Anderton
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 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 Chappie (action/sci-fi directed by Neill Blomkamp; Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver; rated R) The Lazarus Effect (horror; Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde; rated PG-13) Run All Night (action; Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman; rated R) Wild Tales (comedy; Darío Grandinetti, María Marull; rated R) American Heist (action; Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen; pretheatrical release premieres 6/19; rated R) Burying...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
In honor of today's Chappie DVD and Blu-ray release, we got the opportunity to share two exclusive clips from the special features menu. In case you need a refresher, Neill Blomkamp's third feature focuses on a police droid who becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel. He's got a noble "maker" dedicated to raising him right, but when Chappie falls into the hands of a group of thugs, he picks up a few bad habits. Those thugs are played by the member of the South African rap group Die Antwoord, Ninja and Yolandi Visser. They've got a unique style to say the least and this first clip explores how Blomkamp incorporated that into the film. The second video centers on Chappie, and specifically the need to find the human, emotional moments that define him. You can check out both of our Chappie clips below, but »
- Perri Nemiroff
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley (in motion capture as Chappie), and Hugh Jackman star in this thought-provoking sci-fi film from Neill Blomkamp, director of "District 9." The Blu-ray comes with a ton of features, including an alternate ending, extended scenes, and eight featurettes: "Chappie: The Streetwise Professor," "Arms Race: The Weapons and Robots," "Bringing Chappie to Life: The Visual Effects," "From Tetra Vaal to Chappie," "Keep It Gangster," "The Reality of Robotics," "Jozi: Real City and a Sci-Fi Setting," and "Rogue Robot: Deconstructing the Stunts & Special Effects."
Liam Neeson plays a mobster hit man caught between his crime family and his estranged son in this action thriller co-starring Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris, and Vincent D'Onofrio. The Blu-ray features "Shoot All Night, »
- Gina Carbone
One of England’s most exciting filmmakers is tackling his biggest project yet in thriller Free Fire, and today brings word that he’s recruiting some red-hot talents to round out the pic’s cast.
Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) has tapped Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Sam Riley (Maleficent) and Noah Taylor (Submarine) for supporting roles in the film. The trio join a stacked cast that already boasts Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley and Michael Smiley. Enzo Cilenti and Babou Ceesay also have supporting roles in the pic.
Free Fire centers on a woman (Larson) who sets up an arms deal between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and members of a gang (including Hammer and Copley). Meeting inside a deserted warehouse, the group initiates the deal, only for a furious firefight to break out when shots go off mid-handoff.
Reynor had a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sam Riley (On The Road), Noah Taylor (Predestination) and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) are to join the cast, which already boasts an impressive line-up of talent including Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Cillian Murphy (Inception), Sharlto Copley (Chappie), Armie Hammer (The Man From U.N.C.L.E), Michael Smiley (The Lobster) and Enzo Cilenti (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Free Fire tells the story of a woman (Larson) who meets two Irishmen (Smiley and Murphy) at an abandoned warehouse who she has set up a meeting with, as well as a local gang who are selling them guns. But the deal goes south, and shots are soon fired leaving everyone struggling for their survival.
- Scott J. Davis
Free Fire, Akira, All I See Is You, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.
Untitled WWII movie
Brad Pitt has been looking for a lover for his next WWII movie and he has finally found one in Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who’s in negotiations to join him in the untitled period film that Robert Zemeckis is directing
Steven Knight wrote the script
Pitt and Cotillard will play assassins who fall in love during a mission to kill a German official. They soon marry, but their romance is cut short when Pitt is told that his wife is a double agent working for the German government and he must kill her.
- Rollo Tomasi
There’s a few familiar faces in his cast as well, I say a few, I mean the likes of Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti, Babou Ceesay, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley are all signed up and ready to go as they started principal photography today. Film4 and the BFI back the film, Studiocanal have rights in the UK and this time, Andy Starke and Ben Wheatley’s Rook Films is producing the film set in Boston in the late seventies.
Larson plays a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and a gang (led by Hammer and Copley) who are selling them a stash of guns. »
- Dan Bullock
While we're yet to see his latest "High Rise," which is already in the can, Ben Wheatley isn't stopping for a moment, and filming has already started on his next project, the star-studded "Free Fire," a few more names are rounding out the extensive ensemble cast. Read More: First Look: Luke Evans In Ben Wheatley's 'High Rise' Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti and Babou Ceesay join the previously announced Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley in the movie that follows a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and a gang (led by Hammer and Copley) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues. Sounds awesome, right? Well, Martin Scorsese thinks so too, because he's executive producing the picture. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Filming began on Ben Wheatley's new film Free Fire yesterday and Deadline has an update on the cast. The film is already bolstered by a really good cast to start; Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Wheatley alumnus Michael Smiley, Enzo Cilenti (who was also just in Wheatley's High Rise) and Babou Ceesay ('71). Joining them will be young lads Jack Reynor and Sam Riley. TwitchFilm fave Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow) rounds up the additions. Set in Boston in the late 1970's, [the film] follows a woman (Larson), who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and a gang (led by Hammer and Copley) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in...
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Anything Ben Wheatley sets his mind to brings a high degree of anticipation in these parts. Throw Martin Scorsese into the mix and you’ve got the recipe for something truly compelling. So it is with Free Fire, the next cab in Wheatley’s rank after his upcoming High-Rise. It's just added Jack Reynor and Sam Riley its cast roster.Not a man to rest of his laurels - or rest very much at all - the writer/director has moved from post-production on High-Rise and started the cameras rolling on this action-thriller, which has Scorsese exec–producing. Free Fire is billed as a hard-boiled crime film set in violence-ridden 1978 Boston. A secluded meeting between two gangs in a deserted warehouse suddenly explodes into a shoot-out and a fight for survival.Wheatley already has Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and regular collaborator Michael Smiley aboard to star, »
Andy Starke and Wheatley’s Rook Films is producing the film set in Boston in the late 1970s.
According to a statement from the production: “Larson plays a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and a gang (led by Hammer and Copley) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Set in violence-ridden 1978 Boston, the story deals with a secluded meeting between two gangs in a deserted warehouse which suddenly explodes into a shoot-out and a fight for survival.
Source: Empire »
- Garth Franklin
Reynor received the best actor award for his performance in “Glassland” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and was recently seen in “A Royal Night Out” and in Justin Kurzel’s Cannes Competition player “Macbeth.” His upcoming shooting schedule includes Jack O’Connell starrer “Hhhh” and Andy Serkis’ “Jungle Book: Origins.”
Sam Riley, who appeared in Anton Corbijn’s “Control,” also joins the cast. Riley’s other films include “Brighton Rock,” “On the Road” and “Maleficent.” He will next be seen in “The Dark Valley” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
The “Free Fire” cast also includes Sharlto Copley, who broke-through in Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9,” before going on to star in Blomkamp’s “Elysium” and “Chappie.” He also appeared in Hollywood pics “The A-Team, »
- Leo Barraclough
Ben Wheatley, the British director behind "Kill List," "Sightseers," and "A Field in England," has begun filming on his first American-made project, "Free Fire," Deadline reports. The thriller, set in Boston in the 1970s and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, features an all-star cast with indie cred—including Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, and Wheatley regular Michael Smiley—which suggests that "Free Fire" could make a play for audiences beyond the art house without losing the critics who've supported Wheatley's ferocious, painstaking past work. In an interview with The Guardian last year, the director described "Free Fire" as an homage to "hard-boiled crime movies" from "The Big Sleep" and "The Asphalt Jungle" to "Reservoir Dogs" and "Casino"; the film stars Larson as a woman who brokers an arms deal between two Irishmen and a local gang, »
- Matt Brennan
Up-and-coming actor and Transformers star Jack Reynor has been added to the cast of Free Fire, the upcoming crime thriller from British director Ben Wheatley. The American-born Irish actor — alongside other new additions Sam Riley (Malevolent, Control) and Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow) — joins Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy and Brie Larson in the Martin Scorsese-exec produced film, which commenced production on Monday. Other cast members include Michael Smiley (The Lobster), Enzo Cilenti (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Babou Ceesay (Eye in the Sky). Luke Evans and Olivia Wilde had previously been attached
- Alex Ritman
Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age Of Extinction), Sam Riley (Malevolent) and Noah Taylor (Edge Of Tomorrow) have all joined the cast of Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire. Sharlto Copley (District 9), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Armie Hammer (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), Michael Smiley (The Lobster), Enzo Cilenti (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Babou Ceesay (Eye In The Sky) round out the cast. Filming commenced June 8. Martin Scorsese is exec producing… »
Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has become a huge Hollywood star in recent years. Unlike many top actors, who seem to burst onto the scene, Cooper slipped into our collective consciousness over time, moving from minor TV roles to cult movies until he was a bona fide blockbuster.
The early years
As an unknown actor, Cooper made his television debut in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in Sex and the City in 1999. His first significant role was opposite Jennifer Garner in Jj Abrams's Alias from 2001-06, not as Sydney Bristow's secret agent love interest but as her mild-mannered and slightly awkward reporter friend.
It's no longer a trend at Disney — it's just a regular day at the office. The studio has been ramping up its live action slate hard following the success of "Maleficent" and "Cinderella." Developing projects include big screen takes on "Mulan," "Beauty & The Beast," "Dumbo," "Winnie The Pooh," "The Jungle Book" and "Tink," and now yet another joins the ranks. Read More: Review: Disney's 'Maleficent' Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning & Sharlto Copley THR reports that the "Night On Bald Mountain" sequence from the animated classic "Fantasia" is being turned into a feature film. If you are already rolling your eyes, prepare to roll them further, because Matt Sazama and Burk Sharples, the guys behind last year's horror/fantasy flop "Dracula Untold," will be penning the script. It's not clear presently how a short about a demon who raises »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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