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Adele wanted for second 'James Bond' theme song?

3 March 2013 7:20 AM, PST

Adele is reportedly wanted by Eon Productions to record her second James Bond theme song.

The singer-songwriter is said to be top of studio bosses' lists to produce the theme for the 24th instalment of the spy franchise, following her 'Skyfall' success.

"Producers are thrilled by how well the song has been received and hope Adele's presence on the next film will replicate that success," a source told The Sun.

"They want her to become as synonymous with Bond as Dame Shirley."

'Skyfall' became the first Bond theme to win the Academy Award for 'Best Original Song' last weekend, while it also won Adele a Brit Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Dame Shirley Bassey has performed the most Bond themes so far with 'Goldfinger', 'Diamonds Are Forever' and 'Moonraker'.

Adele is currently the subject of a supposed bidding »


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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' casts Omar Sy

3 March 2013 5:27 AM, PST

Omar Sy has joined the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The French actor, best known for starring in The Intouchables, will play an as-yet-unspecified role.

"Thrilled to welcome the brilliant #OmarSy from the amazing film #TheIntouchables to the cast of #Xmen #DaysofFuturePast," director Bryan Singer tweeted.

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult return for the follow-up to 2011's X-Men: First Class.

Stars from the original X-Men trilogy including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore are also on board to reprise their roles.

Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage will play one of the film's villains.

The movie, scheduled for release on July 18 next year, shows the original series stars as older versions of their characters in a dystopian future. »


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'Deus Ex: Human Defiance' trademarked for movie

3 March 2013 3:57 AM, PST

Deus Ex: Human Defiance appears to be the title of the movie based on the hit video game series.

Square Enix recently trademarked the title and sparked rumours of a new entry in the sci-fi series, but it has since emerged that CBS Films has registered a web domain of the same name, Superannuation reports.

Directed by Scott Derrickson, the Deus Ex movie is said to be based on 2011's Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Screenwriter C Robert Cargill recently assured fans that the film will not be a "rehash" of the game and said that it could pave the way for a successful era for the cyberpunk genre.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution shipped two million units within a fortnight of its release on Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3, with the majority of sales made in Europe.

The Deus Ex movie is scheduled for 2014.

> Read Digital Spy's Deus Ex: Human Revolution review »


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Richard Burton receives posthumous Hollywood Walk of Fame star

2 March 2013 2:07 AM, PST

Richard Burton has received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The honour was unveiled yesterday (Friday, March 1) and is located beside the star dedicated to Elizabeth Taylor.

Burton starred opposite Taylor in 11 films and the pair married twice. Their relationship was recently dramatised in TV movie Liz & Dick, which starred Lindsay Lohan as Taylor.

The star's unveiling coincides with the 50th anniversary of one of the former couple's most iconic films, Cleopatra.

Burton - who grew up in the village of Pontrhydyfen, near Port Talbot, Wales - died aged 58 in 1984.

BBC News reports that the pair's adopted daughter Maria and fellow Welshman Michael Sheen were in attendance at the dedication ceremony.

Sheen told the crowd at the unveiling of the excitement he had felt as a youngster when Burton and Taylor visited the coastal town he grew up in.

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Mila Kunis defends Oscars host Seth MacFarlane: 'He did amazing job'

1 March 2013 7:31 PM, PST

Mila Kunis has spoken up in support of Oscars host Seth MacFarlane.

The actress - who provides the voice of Meg in MacFarlane's hit animated show Family Guy - said that the actor and comedian did "a fantastic job", according to Entertainmentwise.

Speaking at a press conference for her forthcoming film Oz the Great and Powerful, Kunis admitted that she had only seen clips of the awards show, but was impressed by MacFarlane's performance.

"I was flying so I missed all of it, literally. I was told though that he did an amazing job, and I'm sure that he did a fantastic job," she said, describing him as "brilliant" and "so talented".

"I believe that Seth was born to host the Oscars. There's nothing that that man cannot do, so [in] the little bit of clips that I have seen, he was great and I think he's done a fantastic job. »


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'Arbitrage' review: Richard Gere excels in compelling thriller

1 March 2013 10:30 AM, PST

Director: Nicholas Jarecki; Screenwriter: Nicholas Jarecki; Starring: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth, Laetitia Casta; Running time: 107 mins; Certificate: 15

In a fair and just world, Arbitrage would arrive on our shores amidst a wave of buzz and fresh from being a prime contender at the Academy Awards. It's extremely hard to comprehend how Richard Gere's masterful portrayal of a man desperately seeking to avert a fall from grace wasn't even nominated. Yet this injustice conforms to the recognisable world depicted in Nicholas Jarecki's superb film, where money and self-interest dominate proceedings while morality is relegated to mere afterthought.

Arbitrage provides a compelling character study of Gere's hedge fund magnate Robert Miller, a man who seemingly has it all - riches, an adoring family and glowing reputation. Yet his compulsions to gratify his egotistical needs have rendered large parts of his life utterly duplicitous. He has a »


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Barack Obama makes "Jedi mind meld" mistake in sequestration speech

1 March 2013 9:42 AM, PST

Barack Obama today referred to a "Jedi mind meld" when talking about sequestration after a White House meeting.

The president made the confused reference when explaining why it was not possible for him to reconcile the Republicans and Democrats in Congress on the matter of spending cuts and tax rises.

"I know that this has been some of the conventional wisdom that's been floating around Washington that somehow, even though most people agree that I'm being reasonable, that most people agree I'm presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don't take it means that I should somehow, you know, do a Jedi mind meld with these folks and convince them to do what's right," Obama explained.

"Well, you know, they're elected. We have a constitutional system of government."

Observers noted that the Vulcan mind meld belongs to the Star Trek universe, while Jedi mind tricks are performed by Star Wars knights. »


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'Beyond: Two Souls' releasing in October, Willem Dafoe joins cast

1 March 2013 8:57 AM, PST

Beyond: Two Souls will be released for the PS3 in October, Sony has confirmed.

It was also revealed that Oscar-nominated actor Willem Dafoe has joined the Beyond: Two Souls cast, starring alongside Ellen Page as government scientist Nathan Dawkins.

The news of Dafoe's involvement is accompanied by a new gameplay trailer (above), which sees Page's character Jodie discuss her supernatural powers with Dawkins.

Speaking about the game's two acting leads, Beyond: Two Souls writer David Cage said: "Ellen and Willem were casted for their immense talent and they bring with them the same passion and dedication you would see in the movies they star in.

"Never before have I seen this calibre of acting performance in a video game."

Another video of Dafoe, who was linked with the project last year, shows the actor performing motion capture with Ellen Page and talking about his role in the game,

Beyond: Two »


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Jennifer Lawrence special: This Week's 5 Best J-Law Oscars Videos

1 March 2013 8:45 AM, PST

The world has gone Jennifer Lawrence-mad since her Oscar win on Sunday night (February 24). Admittedly, pre-Oscar Jennifer had already caused quite a stir but nothing compared to the media frenzy that has surrounded her since her life-changing evening at the 85th Academy Awards.

Between winning an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, being hit on by Jack Nicholson and her now famous stumble up the stairs, the 22-year-old from Kentucky had a momentous night to say the least.

Digital Spy takes a look at Jennifer Lawrence's five best moments of the Academy Awards...

Her red carpet interview

In a pre-show red carpet interview, Lawrence revealed that she anticipated being so nervous about even having to present an award that she would "almost throw up, probably" and that she had a fear of speaking in front of people. Little did she know that she would have to »


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'Movie 43' star Richard Gere: 'I won't see the movie'

1 March 2013 8:43 AM, PST

Richard Gere has revealed that he has not seen Movie 43, the critically-panned film in which he stars.

Gere, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry were among the all-star cast for the anthology film, which has been called "the Citizen Kane of awful" by critic Richard Roeper.

In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Gere admitted that he had reservations appearing in one of Movie 43's shorts.

"The guy who put it together was the godfather of my step-daughter – a close friend of my wife… Basically they talked me into it," Gere explained.

The Golden Globe-winning actor was also quizzed on if he plans to eventually watch Movie 43.

"I don't wanna waste my time," he quipped.

Movie 43's directors for its comedy shorts include several high-profile comedy figures, including Peter Farrelly, Bob Odenkirk, Elizabeth Banks and James Gunn.

The film is currently playing in Us and UK cinemas. »


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'Kick-Ass 2' release date pushed back by Universal

1 March 2013 8:29 AM, PST

Kick-Ass 2's release date has been moved from June 28 to August 16, Universal Pictures has announced.

The studio made the change to accommodate another comic book adaptation, Baltasar Kormakur's 2 Guns, which has been slated for August 2.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson will reprise his role as the title character for the sequel, with Christopher Mintz-Plasse returning as the villainous Red Mist, who comes to be known as The Motherf**ker.

Chloe Moretz is also on board as the foul-mouthed Hit-Girl, who the actress claims will be portrayed in a more mature light in the follow-up.

Newcomers to the series include Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes, Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity and Lindy Booth as Night Bitch.

Universal has also announced that Robert Schwentke's R.I.P.D. will be released in 3D when it lands in cinemas on July 19.

Watch the trailer for Matthew Vaughn's original Kick-Ass film below: »


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'The Paperboy' TV trailer: Nicole Kidman seduces Zac Efron - video

1 March 2013 6:36 AM, PST

The Paperboy has debuted a new TV trailer exclusively through Digital Spy.

The raunchy video above teases scenes of Nicole Kidman's seduction of Zac Efron and her prison encounter with John Cusack. The Paperboy, based on the novel by Peter Dexter, centres on a journalist who returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a death row inmate.

Matthew McConaughey and Macy Gray also star in the film, which is directed by Precious filmmaker Lee Daniels.

The Paperboy split critics when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, with many highlighting a scene in which Kidman's character urinates on Efron to neutralise a jellyfish sting.

Kidman revealed that she sent "provocative" photos of herself to director Daniels in order to win the role of Charlotte Bless.

The Paperboy arrives in UK cinemas on March 15. »


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Mark Wahlberg on Transformers 4: 'It's very different from the others'

1 March 2013 6:25 AM, PST

Transformers 4 star Mark Wahlberg has opened up about reteaming with his Pain & Gain director Michael Bay on the movie.

The Ted actor said that the strength of the filmmaker's concept for a fourth entry in the science fiction series convinced him to sign up.

"Michael and I had an amazing experience working together on Pain & Gain. That movie is insane. It's like Boogie Nights meets Pulp Fiction meets Fargo," he told Empire.

"Michael made that movie for $25m and then he asked me if I wanted to work with him again, told me his idea and I said, 'I'm in'. It's very different from the other three."

Wahlberg revealed that he will play "a man who has a child" in Transformers 4 and said that the film's storyline will be smaller in scale compared to its predecessors. "It will just be a couple of people in a room talking, »


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Paul Bettany in talks to join Johnny Depp in 'Transcendence'

1 March 2013 5:57 AM, PST

Paul Bettany is in talks to join sci-fi project Transcendence.

The Da Vinci Code actor is close to securing a deal to appear opposite Johnny Depp in the Warner Bros project, Deadline reports.

Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Wally Pfister will make his directorial debut with the movie, while Christopher Nolan and his wife Emma Thomas are on board as executive producers.

Transcendence centres around three scientists, two of which are expected to be played by Depp and Bettany. Emily Blunt, Rebecca Hall and Rooney Mara are reportedly in the running for the female lead.

The film's storyline is being kept under wraps, but it is thought that it will involve Depp's character uploading his mind onto a supercomputer with the potential to think for itself.

Transcendence is scheduled for release in 2014.

Watch a trailer for Depp's The Lone Ranger, released on July 3 in the Us and August 9 in the UK, »


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'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' casts Dylan Baker, Meagan Good

1 March 2013 5:24 AM, PST

Anchorman: The Legend Continues has added Dylan Baker and Meagan Good to its cast.

The duo will join returning cast members Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Paul Rudd in the Adam McKay-directed sequel, reports Deadline.

Baker is best known for his role as Doctor Curt Connors in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, while Good heads up NBC crime drama Deception.

The news follows confirmation that Kristen Wiig and James Marsden will also appear in Anchorman: The Legend Continues.

Photo gallery - Anchorman's 20 best quotes:Rudd recently spoke to Digital Spy about the sequel, admitting that he hoped people would still be interested in the characters given the almost ten-year period that has passed.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues will be released on December 20.

Watch Paul Rudd and Judd Apatow discussing Anchorman: The Legend Continues below: »


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Oz the Great and Powerful review: Digital Spy verdict

1 March 2013

Director: Sam Raimi; Screenwriters: Mitchell Kapner, David Lindsay-Abaire; Starring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff; Running time: 130 mins Certificate: PG

Another trip down the yellow brick road comes over seven decades after Judy Garland first blazed the trail and, unlike Return to Oz (1985), Spider-Man director Sam Raimi brilliantly recaptures that old magic. James Franco gives it a streetwise twist as the eponymous wizard who, here, starts out as a travelling grifter, but there's an innocence about him too that harks back to the original.

Just as it was for Dorothy, the story begins in Kansas, in black-and-white, with Oscar Diggs (aka Oz) plying his trade as a circus magician. He gets a kick out of pulling the wool over people's eyes and especially the ladies, though one in particular (Michelle Williams) appears to have a hold on him. Still, her grip isn't tight enough because she's »


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'Bambi', 'Watership Down': 50 traumatising kids' movie moments - video

1 March 2013 3:43 AM, PST

A hallmark of a classic kids' movie is surprisingly the ability to include truly terrifying moments.

CollegeHumor has compiled 50 such scenes for a countdown of the most traumatising moments in kids' movie history.

Bambi, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Watership Down are among the more obvious fare in the list.

All three Toy Story films, The Princess Bride and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang also get a mention.

There is also room for a David Bowie song from the 1986 classic Labyrinth.

> Invisible barking dog prank in hearing test - video

> BBC 5 Live's Shelagh Fogarty squeals at mouse live on air - video

What film moments scared you as a child? Let us know in the comments below. »


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'Skyfall', 'The Avengers', 'The Hobbit' lead Empire Awards nominations

1 March 2013 3:16 AM, PST

Skyfall has received six nominations at the 2013 Jameson Empire Awards.

Joss Whedon's The Avengers and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey both received five nominations apiece, while Ben Wheatley's black comedy Sightseers followed closely behind with four nominations.

Skyfall, The Avengers and The Hobbit all compete for the 'Best Film' award along with Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

The Jameson Empire Awards winners are based entirely on public votes, which can be cast via the official website.

Best Film presented by Sky Movies

Django Unchained

Avengers Assemble

Skyfall

The Dark Knight Rises

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best British Film

Dredd 3D

Les Misérables

Sightseers

Skyfall

The Woman In Black

Best Director

Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises)

Joss Whedon (Avengers Assemble)

Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)

Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)

Sam Mendes (Skyfall)

Jameson Best »


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Steve Carell on Anchorman 2: 'I hope it's exactly the same'

1 March 2013 2:46 AM, PST

Steve Carell has discussed his hopes for the upcoming sequel to Anchorman.

Production on Anchorman: The Legend Continues began last month, with Carell, Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd all set to reprise their roles from the 2004 comedy.

Asked by The Hollywood Reporter whether his character, meteorologist Brick Tamland, would evolve in Adam McKay's sequel, Carell replied: "He will not evolve. He will devolve.

"My hope with the movie was that it's going to be exactly the same... Nobody changes."

It was confirmed recently that Kristen Wiig will play a key new role in Anchorman: The Legend Continues.

Photo gallery - Anchorman's 20 best quotes:Paul Rudd recently spoke to Digital Spy about the sequel, admitting that he hoped people would still be interested in the characters given the almost ten-year period that has passed.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues will be released on December 20.

Watch Paul Rudd and Judd Apatow »


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'Iron Man 3': Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow in new stills

1 March 2013 2:19 AM, PST

Three new stills from Iron Man 3 have been released.

Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark appears alongside Don Cheadle's returning James Rhodes, while another image shows him alone and bruised.

Meanwhile, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is pictured with Guy Pearce's villainous Aldrich Killian, who will apparently take a back seat to Ben Kingsley's Mandarin in terms of screen time.

Although Downey Jr is not contractually obligated to appear in any further Iron Man instalments after this one, he recently suggested that he is not likely to give up playing Tony Stark.

Character posters for Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, James Rhodes, the Mandarin and Aldrich Killian have been released over the past week.

> Tony Stark 'traumatised' in Iron Man 3, says producer Kevin Feige

> Robert Downey Jr: 'There's a lot of Avengers in Iron Man 3'

Iron Man 3 will be released on April 26 in the UK, »


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