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Marc Webb on Amazing Spider-Man 2: 'I embraced the spectacular'
3 hours ago
The director said that he didn't want the comic book sequel "to be beholden to smallness", according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I want it to be fantastic, to be big, to command and express that feeling when you're a kid and reading the comics. I didn't want to hide or shy away from that."
"We're obviously familiar with the complaints people had," Webb replied. "We're very careful to make sure the stories intertwine. For Peter Parker, it's very important that you create obstacles that are difficult to overcome."
Will Smith to adapt The Harlem Hellfighters graphic novel
4 hours ago
Will Smith has teamed up with Sony Pictures to produce a film adaptation of the upcoming graphic novel Harlem Hellfighters.
Written by Max Brooks, the graphic novel is inspired by the true story of the all African-American 369th Infantry Regiment which fought in the Us Army during World Wars I and II.
According to Shadow and Act, Smith has struck a deal with Sony, which owns the rights to the graphic novel, to produce a live-action film.
There is no word yet on whether Smith also plans to star in the new adaptation.
The Harlem Hellfighters »
Honest Trailers: Hunger Games Catching Fire - watch
7 hours ago
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the latest movie to be given the 'Honest Trailer' treatment.
The video by YouTube Channel Screen Junkies pokes fun at the film, describing it as "a good movie that gets described as great as everyone wants to be BFFs with Jennifer Lawrence".
It also mocks sandwich chain Subway teaming up with the movie, calling Catching Fire "the only film about starving children with its own delicious sandwich tie-in".
Screen Junkies adds: "Follow Katniss as she must once again choose between Gale, a total hunk, or Peeta, a total burden to everyone around him."
The video has had over 430,000 views since it was uploaded yesterday (March 7).
Colin Farrell: 'Ben Affleck will kill it as Batman'
8 hours ago
Speaking to Total Film, Farrell said: "I always enjoyed watching him, as a director he's extraordinary too, but his work in The Town and Argo, he was so fantastic in both those films. In Argo, it was such a controlled performance.
"I think he'll kill it as Batman. I hope he does and shuts the naysayers up."
He added that Affleck has grown as an actor since his role in Armageddon in 1998. He said: "Good luck to him. I think he'll do a great job. As an actor, I don't know that I know anyone that's improved as much as he has. That sounds like a s**t thing to say. »
Sesame Street's Cookie Monster is Jean Bon Bon in Les Misérables spoof
12 hours ago
Sesame Street has released a spoof version of Les Misérables.
Jean Bon Bon then comes across a host of other characters including Flantine, her daughter Creamette and E-pie-nine, who are all sad as they have no cookies.
After figuring out why they are upset, Jean Bon Bon has an epiphany that he should be less selfish and share his treats.
He then brings the whole cast together to sing 'One Day S'more' as he hands out the chocolate and marshmallow snacks.
The spoof trailer features the best-loved songs from the musical including 'On My Own', 'I Dreamed a Dream' and 'One Day More' re-imagined to be about biscuits.
Sesame Street has previously »
Liam Neeson: 'I turned down James Bond to marry Natasha Richardson'
14 hours ago
Liam Neeson has revealed he turned down the role of James Bond on the instruction of his late wife.
The actor was approached to play the famous spy but turned it down, after Natasha Richardson threatened not to marry him. The pair were married for 15 years before Richardson tragically died in a skiing accident in March 2009.
In a recent interview with the Hull Daily Mail, Neeson spoke about the Bond role proposal, saying: "I was heavily courted, let's put it that way, and I'm sure some other actors were too.
"It was about 18 or 19 years ago and my wife-to-be said, 'If you play James Bond we're not getting married'. And I had to take that on board because I did want to marry her."
The 61-year-old recently discussed his wife's death saying it still doesn't feel "real".
The couple had two children together, to which Neeson added: "There's periods now »
The Basketball Diaries director Scott Kalvert dies, aged 49
15 hours ago
Scott Kalvert has been found dead at the age of 49.
The director was found at his home in Woodland Hills, California on Wednesday (March 5) and pronounced dead at the scene. His death is currently being investigated as a suspected suicide.
Kalvert is best known for directing the 1995 movie The Basketball Diaries. After working with Mark Wahlberg in the video for 'Good Vibrations' with his former band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, the director cast him in the film alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
The film was an adaption of Jim Carroll's juvenile diaries and chronicled his decline from promising basketball player, to heroin addict.
He also directed the 2002 crime film Deuces Wild which starred Stephen Dorff and Brad Renfro. Elsewhere, Kalvert took on the role of executive producer for 2009 Nickelodeon film School Gyrls, featuring Justin Bieber and Soulja Boy as themselves.
In his career, Kalvert also worked on »
Re-Viewed: Terry Gilliam's prescient sci-fi Brazil
15 hours ago
Terry Gilliam is making a comeback this year. In July, the ex-Monty Python animator will reunite with his Flying Circus colleagues for an O2 residency. Before then, though, Gilliam returns to dystopian sci-fi with The Zero Theorem, a film whose patchwork aesthetic can't help but recall his 1985 masterpiece, Brazil.
Apt really, considering how prescient his visionary fable has become. Never mind the imminent World Cup. Gilliam's Brazil – a land where the authorities wield information as a weapon and where dreams are shackled by callous austerity – is even more pertinent to life in 2014.
What is Brazil? It's the story of clerk Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), whose diligence in resolving a messy, fatal paperwork trail brings him into contact with Jill (Kim Greist) – the girl who haunts his dreams of combat with a giant baby-faced samurai, and who may or may not be a terrorist.
Where is Brazil? "Somewhere in the 20th century, »
Renée Zellweger to star alongside Daniel Craig in The Whole Truth
7 March 2014 2:53 PM, PST
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig signed on to the film in late January, with the Chicago star joining discussions more recently.
The plot has been described as a "courtroom thriller", with Craig expected to play a district attorney in the drama.
The project would mark Zellweger's first film role since 2010's My Own Love Song. »
Fight Club reimagined as a 16-bit game - watch
7 March 2014 12:53 PM, PST
Fight Club has been recreated as a retro beat 'em up.
The 1999 film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel has been given a 16-bit makeover by YouTube channel CineFix.
Complete with authentic-looking dialogue boxes and sound effects, the three-minute video 'play-through' follows Edward Norton's unnamed protagonist through his escapades with fearless fighter Tyler Durden.
Outside fight sequences, the player also encounters bonus game scenarios that involve sliding with Norton's power animal penguin and collecting bags of fat from the dumpsters behind a liposuction clinic ready to transform them into soap.
Part of the user's '8 Bit Cinema' series, the remake follows pixel-perfect versions of The Dark Knight and Inception. »
American Hustle deleted scene released - Jeremy Renner sings
7 March 2014 12:07 PM, PST
A deleted scene from David O Russell's American Hustle has been unveiled ahead of its Blu-ray release.
American Hustle was nominated for ten Academy Awards, but lost out in every category at the recent ceremony.
The crime comedy-drama, based on the 1970s FBI Abscam operation, is up for eight MTV Movie Awards next month.
American Hustle is out on DVD and Blu-ray in the Us on March 18, with a UK release slated for April 28. »
Captain America:The Winter Soldier - Black Widow featurette released
7 March 2014 10:34 AM, PST
A new promotional clip for Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been unveiled.
Despite collaborating on "many different missions" in the intervening period, Chris Evans adds that the duo are still "an odd pairing".
"[Black Widow] has very questionable morality and makes a living lying," he continues, "Captain couldn't do it if he tried."
"[She's] a very strong, independent, intelligent woman who has seen the darkest places," adds Johansson, "and we get to play with that a little bit."
The film also introduces a new ally alongside Evans and Johansson's partnership, the Falcon (played by Anthony Mackie).
The trio team up to fight off formidable villain the Winter Soldier, »
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: New Stan Lee-narrated videos unveiled
7 March 2014 10:08 AM, PST
Three new promos for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 have been released online.
The videos originated from tie-in game Kellogg's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Web-Slinging Game.
The first one focuses on villainous heir - and Peter Parker's former best friend - Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), and his acquisition of the Oscorp Industries experimental research empire.
Lee's voiceover describes how Spider-Man has repeatedly saved New York City, before teasing the fact that he may be about to come up against his most resilient foes yet. »
James Corden joins Nicholas Hoult in John Niven's Kill Your Friends
7 March 2014 9:38 AM, PST
Corden stars alongside previously-confirmed Hoult, who was announced last month as protagonist Steven Stelfox. Niven has adapted the screenplay from his own novel
The film is set in London circa 1997 and explores the dark side of the Britpop era. During a time when British music was on a winning streak and those involved believed they could do no wrong, A&R agent Stelfox discovers it can all come crashing down.
Production on the film will begin next week and continues in London over the next five weeks.
Producer Gregor Cameron »
Oscars 2015: 5 early predictions for next year's nominations
7 March 2014 9:37 AM, PST
We know you've barely recovered from this year's selfie and pizza shenanigans, and it's really too early to start thinking about next year's Academy Awards without risking serious mental health repercussions.
But next awards season is already looking sort of exciting. There are new offerings from Paul Thomas Anderson and Christopher Nolan, a David Fincher adaptation of our favourite book from last year, and the role that may very well net Benedict Cumberbatch his first Oscar nomination. Enticed? Read on...
For eight years, Christopher Nolan alternated Batman chapters with standalone sci-fi projects, and now that his Dark Knight trilogy is wrapped up, he theoretically has carte blanche to explore original stories for the forseeable future. First up is Interstellar, a time travel-based sci-fi which has been described as Nolan's "most ambitious film yet".
Nolan's similarly ambitious Inception earned a Best Picture nomination in 2011, and with a cast led by »
The future of movie sound: How Dolby Atmos makes Gravity more awesome
7 March 2014 9:00 AM, PST
George Lucas once said that "the sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie", and a recent trip to see Gravity backed up by a Dolby Atmos sound system left us very much in agreement with him.
What exactly is Atmos? Think of it as a totally different way of doing cinema sound, where rather than looking at individual channels of audio, sound exists in a 3D space that wraps completely around your head.
For visual effects-packed movies like Gravity, it can completely change the cinema-going experience. People talk about movies that you "must see at the cinema", and pairing up Gravity with Atmos definitely puts it in that category.
The system works by placing speakers both above your head, as well as behind the cinema screen itself, and all the way around to the back of the room. The end result is a sound setup which lets »
Sharknado 2 premiere date announced, Perez Hilton to cameo
7 March 2014 8:03 AM, PST
Syfy has confirmed the Us premiere date of Sharknado 2: The Second One.
The B-movie sequel will air on Thursday, July 31 at 9pm Pt, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The original Sharknado premiered in July 2013, telling the story of a waterspout that lifts sharks out of the ocean, landing them on the streets of Los Angeles.
Sharknado 2 will centre around a new freak weather system that sends sharks onto the streets of New York City.
Avengers 2 actor takes second villain role in Agent 47
7 March 2014 6:50 AM, PST
The film will mark his second villain role after recently signing on to play Baron Strucker in Avengers: The Age of Ultron.
Kretschmann will play Le Clerq - the chairman of an organisation called Syndicate International - in the sequel to the 2007 film. Quinto will also take on a villainous role.
The actor can currently be seen in the Russian movie Stalingrad.
Kretschmann has signed a multi-film deal with Marvel Studios, and believes there are specific plans for Von Strucker in later movies.
Uma Thurman in talks for Jesse Eisenberg action comedy American Ultra
7 March 2014 6:16 AM, PST
The film centres around a stoner (Eisenberg) who, with his girlfriend (Stewart), becomes the target of a government agency when his past comes back to haunt him.
Thurman will take on the role of a government worker who spearheaded a secret programme to create 'sleeper warriors'. When her 'children' are targeted for erasure, she sets out to protect them.
American Ultra will begin shooting on April 14. »
Jude Law in talks for Melissa McCarthy spy comedy Susan Cooper
7 March 2014 6:08 AM, PST
McCarthy will play the titular spy, who is unwillingly paired with another agent (Statham).
The project has been described as "realistic" rather than a spoof, and is being developed as a potential franchise.
20th Century Fox's Susan Cooper is scheduled for release on May 22, 2015.
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