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Jerry Bruckheimer, Brett Ratner sign on for Beverly Hills Cop 4

8 December 2013 12:21 PM, PST

Jerry Bruckheimer and Brett Ratner have signed on to an upcoming Beverly Hills Cop sequel.

Star Eddie Murphy revealed earlier this year that he was attached to reprise his role as wisecracking detective Axel Foley in a fourth instalment of the popular '80s movie series.

It was rumoured in September that Bruckheimer was also poised to return as producer on the movie.

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures and Bruckheimer have signed a three-year first-look deal, beginning in April 2014.

Under the deal, Bruckheimer will produce Beverly Hills Cop 4, while Ratner is attached to direct after he completes his upcoming Hercules.

Hercules finishes shooting in July, while work on a Beverly Hills Cop 4 script is still in process. »


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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug review - Digital Spy verdict

8 December 2013 10:00 AM, PST

Director: Peter Jackson; Screenwriters: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro; Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans; Running time: 161 mins; Certificate: 12A

Opening as it does on a bearded, handsome figure attracting furtive glances from fellow patrons inside the candlelit Prancing Pony Inn, it's plain from the get-go that Peter Jackson's second Hobbit instalment will serve nostalgic Lord of the Rings fans well – references to the trilogy abound. But where last year's An Unexpected Journey steered too structurally close to Fellowship and suffered by comparison, The Desolation of Smaug feels Ringsier in tone while forging entirely its own narrative path, marrying breathless action with shrewd character building.

It's a moodier, more anxious story that gives Martin Freeman more dimensions to play with, as Bilbo and the band of dwarves journey on towards their confrontation with treasure-hoarding dragon Smaug »


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Re-Viewed: Oscar-winning love letter to movies Cinema Paradiso

8 December 2013 6:30 AM, PST

If nostalgia is life through a rose-tinted lens then Cinema Paradiso celebrates that illusion and the power of film to immortalise precious moments. 25 years after its initial release the Italian Oscar-winner returns to the big screen this weekend, lovingly re-mastered and it is sumptuous, highlighting all the richness and texture of good old-fashioned celluloid. In short, it is pure film magic.

The story from writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore is loosely autobiographical, revisiting his childhood in post-war Sicily via the adorably cheeky Salvatore Cascio as Toto. The boy is constantly making a nuisance of himself at home (his father was lost at war) and in the projectionist's booth at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo (a wonderfully hangdog turn by French actor Philippe Noiret) tries to convince him that he should turn his mind to higher matters.

Even so, Alfredo is set on a pedestal. Peeking between the curtains Toto sees that »


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Kristen Bell on Veronica Mars: 'There's hope for Veronica and Logan'

8 December 2013 2:00 AM, PST

Kristen Bell will reprise her role as former teenage sleuth Veronica Mars in next year's feverishly-anticipated, Kickstarter-funded movie, which has been confirmed for a March 2014 release in the Us.

When Digital Spy caught up with Bell to discuss Disney's Frozen, we took the chance to ask her about the experience of stepping back into her beloved role, six years on from the show's cancellation.

"I was just nervous for the sake of being nervous, but the minute I got on set and started saying those distinctly Rob Thomas snarky lines, everything felt right with the world," Bell revealed.

She went on to discuss the possibility of a reconciliation between Veronica and on-off boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring), who have lost contact in the nine years that have passed between the end of the series and the beginning of the movie.

The Thomas-scripted film will find Veronica taking a break from job »


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Fast & Furious 7 will be completed, says director James Wan

7 December 2013 7:21 PM, PST

Fast & Furious 7 director James Wan has said that his movie will eventually be completed, in spite of the death of star Paul Walker.

Universal Pictures shutdown production on the upcoming sequel earlier in the week, following Walker's death in a car accident in Los Angeles.

Fast & Furious 7's director Wan was asked at Lax airport in recent days if he plans to eventually resume work on the movie.

"Yes," Wan answered to TMZ.

Wan also discussed how the cast and crew of Fast & Furious 7 have been coping with Walker's death.

"They're pretty sad… [and] pretty sombre," the filmmaker said. "But, we are all dealing with it."

Universal released a video paying tribute to Walker's work in the Fast and the Furious movies on Wednesday (December 4).

The studio has also promised to donate revenue from Fast & Furious 6 to Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide.

Watch Universal's Paul Walker tribute video below:

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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug reviews: Middle-earth or middling?

7 December 2013 7:09 AM, PST

So close is the release of Peter Jackson's Hobbit sequel that we can almost smell Smaug's fiery dragon breath.

Much like its predecessor, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug has divided film critics, although most agree that it's an improvement on An Unexpected Journey, which was criticised for its lumbering pace. Digital Spy rounds up a selection of the reviews below...

Emma Dibdin - Digital Spy

"Where last year's An Unexpected Journey steered too structurally close to Fellowship and suffered by comparison, The Desolation of Smaug feels Ringsier in tone while forging entirely its own narrative path, marrying breathless action with shrewd character building."

Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian

"Jackson has shown that he is an expert in big-league popular movie-making to rival Lucas and Spielberg. His Smaug, with its fight scenes, chase spectaculars, creepy creatures and secret stone doors opening with a grinding noise, is something to set alongside the Indiana Jones films. »


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9 dubious movie remakes: Psycho, Let Me In, Amazing Spider-Man, more

7 December 2013 1:30 AM, PST

Remakes are nothing new in Hollywood. Take a look back through cinema history and there are plenty of example of ideas and stories being recycled for new audiences. Take, for instance, Robin Hood and Zorro, whose big-screen exploits stretch right the way back to Douglas Fairbanks in the silent era.

Right now two high profile re-dos - Carrie and Oldboy - are screening in cinemas. Considering just how well the originals are regarded, it begs one simple question - why? One carries a recognisable name, the other is a critically lauded foreign-language cult film that has a limited audience.

In the end it may all boil down to making money, but that's still no excuse for some of the remakes that have been served up in recent memory. Digital Spy looks at 9 cinematic remakes that didn't need to happen below...

Psycho (1998)

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'Star Trek 3' hires writers Roberto Orci, Jd Payne and Patrick McKay

6 December 2013 4:53 PM, PST

Star Trek 3 will be written by Roberto Orci, Jd Payne and Patrick McKay.

Orci is continuing his involvement with the franchise, after previously writing the first two Star Trek movies with Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof.

Payne and McKay have a working relationship with Star Trek into Darkness director Jj Abrams, having penned a big-screen adaptation of the graphic novel Boilerplate.

Abrams will not be returning to direct the currently-untitled third Star Trek movie because of his commitments to Star Wars Episode 7, but will stay on as producer.

Attack the Block's Joe Cornish and Rise of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Rupert Wyatt have both been tipped as potential directors for the movie.

There is currently no release date scheduled for Star Trek 3.

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Disney secures Indiana Jones future film rights from Paramount

6 December 2013 4:22 PM, PST

Disney has acquired the rights to any future Indiana Jones films from Paramount Pictures.

Walt Disney Studios confirmed on Friday (December 6) that it now has the rights to market and distribute any upcoming movies from the franchise.

Paramount retains distribution rights for the first four Indiana Jones films, in addition to financially benefiting from any future movies.

The Indiana Jones films have starred Harrison Ford as a globe-trotting adventurer, who frequently thwarts Nazi schemes and foils world domination plots.

Ford said during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show in October that he would jump at the chance to play Indiana Jones again.

"I don't think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart," Ford joked. "I'm old enough that we don't need [Sean] Connery anymore - I'm old enough to play my own father!"

The last instalment in the franchise - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull »


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Kevin Hart, LeBron James starring in basketball comedy Ballers

6 December 2013 2:54 PM, PST

Kevin Hart and LeBron James are to appear in an upcoming basketball-themed comedy.

Ballers will star Hart as a man trying to emerge from the shadow of his successful basketball player brother at a weekend fantasy camp, reports Deadline.

Hart is slated to pen the screenplay for Ballers with collaborators Joey Wells (Bet's Comicview), Chris Spencer (Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza) and Harry Ratchford (Laugh at My Pain).

A director will be hired once the first draft of the script is complete, with an eye to begin shooting the movie next summer. Brian Grazer will be a producer on the project.

This will be James's first starring film role, although he has previously acted on Saturday Night Live and Entourage.

James is currently producing a new comedy series for Starz.

Hart has been featured in two high-profile films this year, the apocalyptic comedy This Is The End and the stand-up movie Let Me Explain. »


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Beverley Knight's Bodyguard run on West End extended

6 December 2013 1:47 PM, PST

Beverley Knight has announced that her run in the West End production of The Bodyguard has been extended.

Knight said that she will continue in the musical through May 31, 2014.

"It's hard bloody work, but it's so much fun at the same time with this company. I'm singing and dancing every single night and I'm learning," she told the Daily Mail of starring in The Bodyguard.

The actress went on to say: "I've always gone on stage to sing as Beverley Knight, but I've had to learn how to play someone else."

Knight has the leading role in The Bodyguard as pop diva Rachel Marron, a role played by Whitney Houston in the original 1992 film.

She told Digital Spy in October that she does not regard her portrayal of Rachel Marron as a tribute to Houston.

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Sylvester Stallone for on-stage interview, Q&A in London

6 December 2013 11:57 AM, PST

Sylvester Stallone is to appear on stage as part of a Q&A event next year.

The Rocky star will take part in 'An Evening with Sylvester Stallone' at London's Central Hall Westminster on January 11.

The special event follows June's sold-out 'An Evening with Al Pacino' at the London Palladium, and will see the 67-year-old actor interviewed by Gold Radio's Dean Martin before taking part in an audience-led Q&A session.

"When people meet me they're often surprised. I talk a great deal," Stallone told The London Evening Standard.

"I consider myself something of a raconteur [and] I have a rather audacious sense of humour," he added.

"I've had such a long career and so many ups and downs [that] I have a big mix of wonderful stories and colourful anecdotes."

Tickets for the event are priced between £45 and £350 (plus booking fee) and are available now on seatlive.com.

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Terminator TV series in development, to air alongside film remake in Us

6 December 2013 11:40 AM, PST

A new Terminator TV series is being made.

The show, commissioned to coincide in the Us with a reboot of the movie franchise in 2015, will be written by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor).

According to Deadline, writers working on the upcoming movie, Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, will serve as executive producers alongside Stentz and Miller.

The series is expected to diverge from the original 1984 film, taking it in a completely different direction at a pivotal moment.

Although casting rumours for the movie reboot have emerged, plot details are unknown.

However, it is likely to follow the same pattern as the TV show as the two narratives are said to have been designed to overlap.

This will not be the first time that the Terminator franchise makes the crossover to the small screen.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles aired on the Fox network between 2008 and 2009, but »


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Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer Easter eggs - Venom, Vulture, Doc Ock

6 December 2013 10:21 AM, PST

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer has revealed a series of Easter eggs.

The film hints at a possible role for various villains in this or later films in the franchise.

One clip shows cases in which Doctor Octopus's tentacles and the Vulture's wings can be seen.

An OsCorp computer screen is also seen, which, when zoomed in, shows file entries for Venom, Dr Connors (the Lizard) and Dr Morbius.

While Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson role was cut from the film, a shot apparently shows the back of the actress's head.

The Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Norman and Harry Osborn (Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan) - either of whom might take on the role of the Green Goblin - are confirmed to feature in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The Lizard featured in Sony Pictures' first reboot film in 2012.

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Andy Serkis talks directorial debut Animal Farm

6 December 2013 10:00 AM, PST

Andy Serkis has revealed that pre-production has begun on his film adaptation of George Orwell classic Animal Farm.

The movie, which was first announced in October 2012, is the first the actor has directed on his own and is also the debut project of Imaginarium, the performance capture studio he co-founded with producer Jonathan Cavendish.

Speaking at the Cinematic Innovation Summit (Cis) in Dubai, Serkis told ScreenDaily that pre-rendering had recently started on the feature.

"We've started pre-vis, which in the virtual world in many instances means you've already started shooting the film," he explained.

"Principal photography will take place in the middle to third quarter of next year."

The actor told summit attendees that he had directed the visualisation segments via Skype from his trailer on the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and that German concept artist Michael Kutsche (Alice in Wonderland, Thor, Disney's upcoming picture »


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Henry Cavill on Man of Steel sequel, Ben Affleck as Batman, Cyborg

6 December 2013 9:29 AM, PST

Henry Cavill has said that he hopes to see the DC Comics character Cyborg appear in future Man of Steel sequels.

Speaking to promote the Man of Steel home entertainment release, the British actor said that he would like to see director Zack Snyder follow through on the Easter Egg planted in the Superman reboot through Richard Schiff's character Emil Hamilton.

Cyborg was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez and first appeared in a 1980 issue of DC Comics Presents. He possesses superhuman strength and the ability to fly thanks to advanced robotic grafts received after being mutilated by an inter-dimensional beast.

"What really intrigued me is [the] reference to Star Labs [in Man of Steel]," Cavill said. "Cyborg would make a wonderful character and an incredible bridge between superhumans and humanity in a different way to Batman.

"I don't know where he's going to come in, or if he's going to come in »


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Fox hires Simon Kinberg to build a shared Marvel cinematic universe

6 December 2013 8:17 AM, PST

20th Century Fox has hired Simon Kinberg to help develop a shared cinematic universe for its Marvel properties.

The writer/director will attempt to integrate the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties through his Genre Films banner as part of a three-year, first-look deal, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I have a lot of ideas on how to build those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel," said Kinberg. "I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies."

Fox's next Marvel film will be X-Men: Days of Future Past, with an X-Men: Apocalypse sequel announced earlier this week by director Bryan Singer.

Mark Millar was previously hired to perform a similar role for Fox. It is unclear where the Kinberg deal leaves that earlier partnership.

Kinberg has served as a writer and producer on the X-Men films Days of Future Past, First Class and Last Stand. »


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Hugh Jackman unsure of Wolverine return after X-Men: Days of Future Past

6 December 2013 8:00 AM, PST

Hugh Jackman is unsure whether he will return for another solo Wolverine film.

The actor revealed that he may not appear in the next 20th Century Fox movie in the franchise.

"I don't know whether or not I will do this next movie," he told Vanity Fair.

"I am really proud of [The Wolverine] and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride.

"That's exciting, to see what we come up with but I have a very high expectation of what it would need to be [for me to star in it] and if it doesn't reach those, I won't be doing it."

He also revealed that he shot his dialogue for The Wolverine in the morning when he was "naturally grumpier".

Fox announced a third Wolverine film following the debut of the James Mangold movie earlier in the year.

Jackman previously revealed that he is no longer »


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Dwayne Johnson's earthquake drama San Andreas for 2015 release

6 December 2013 7:42 AM, PST

Dwayne Johnson's upcoming disaster movie San Andreas has been given a release date.

New Line's project will arrive at cinemas on June 5, 2015 in 2D and 3D.

Directed by Brad Peyton, the film will centre around a huge earthquake in California, while Johnson's character attempts to travel across the state to save his daughter.

Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes (The Conjuring) wrote the latest draft for the film, with the original idea from Beau Flynn. Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio sold the original pitch to New Line.

San Andreas is expected to begin filming in the second quarter of 2014. Johnson previously teamed up with Peyton on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

Johnson will lead the cast in Hercules: The Thracian Wars next year, which opens on July 25.

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Blockbuster announces closures and 427 job losses

6 December 2013 7:22 AM, PST

Blockbuster is to close a further 62 stores across the UK, with the loss of 427 jobs.

The DVD and games rental chain went into administration in January, with Moorfields Corporate Recovery stating that the closures had to take place after no buyer was found.

The remaining 91 stores are now expected to close, with potential job losses of 808 jobs, the administrators stated.

Blockbuster went into administration for a second time in October, with online film streaming services such as Lovefilm and Netflix taking over from rental companies in recent years.

The company is currently owned by private equity firm Gordon Brothers Europe. It previously had 528 stores across the country.

Several high street chains have struggled or closed down in recent years, including Jessops, HMV and Comet. »

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