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Jake Gyllenhaal Piles On The Pounds To Play Boxer In First Pic From ‘Southpaw’

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Deadline has just released the first image of Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw, the upcoming Antoine Fuqua directed film in which he plays boxer Billy “The Great” Hope. The above image shows a huge transformation from the gangly video journalist Lou Bloom that Gyllenhaal lost 25 pounds to play in this year’s superb stand-out Nightcrawler (below).

For Southpaw, the actor gained a huge 15 pounds of pure muscle for the role, which can clearly be seen in the image above. The film revolves around Gyllenhaal’s Hop, a skilled fighter whose personal life implodes after a tragedy.

Naomie Harris, Rachel McAdams, Rita Ora, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson and Forest Whittaker also star in the movie, which is due in cinemas next year. Kurt Sutter (Sons Of Anarchy) wrote the screenplay.

Source: Deadline »

- Paul Heath

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‘Frozen 2′ Is Happening, Says Idina Menzel

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Idina Menzel, the actress who plays the character of Elsa in the hugely popular Disney movie Frozen, has potentially let slip that a sequel to the phenomenally successful animated movie is in the works at the Mouse House.

Speaking in a Telegraph interview the star commented on rumours of a sequel and a stage musical, as well as a six-minute short due to show in cinemas next month. She told the British news paper “That they’re all in the works.”

It doesn’t look like the singer/ actress will not be involved in that stage show that’s planned however. Nope.

“Not the stage show – I don’t know what will happen with that – but the movie hopefully. We’ll see. I’m just going along for the ride,” she added.

Frozen opened across the world last year and went on to take a huge $1.2 billion in receipts. It »

- Paul Heath

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Colin Trevorrow & New Website Reveals More ‘Jurassic World’ Details (& Images Too!)

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We’ve been so absorbed in Star Wars all day that we’re struggling to pull ourselves away to concentrate on other movie stuff that is happing on this bright Black Friday. Finally we’ve pulled away from it to bring you some news on that other big 2015 release, Jurassic World.

Firstly, director Colin Trevorrow has been speaking to Empire magazine and breaking down that fabulous trailer that we saw online earlier this week. The trailer managed to raise a few questions with a lot of movie fans, and it appears that Trevorrow has started to answer them – starting with the big one; ‘we we be seeing a T-Rex in the movie?’

“You bet your ass you will.” Is his response. What??!!

He also touched on the new, genetically altered dinosaur in the film, where he had the following to say:

“This new creation is what gave me a reason »

- Paul Heath

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Justin Kurzel’s All-Star ‘Macbeth’ Adaptation Set To Be Very Dark

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Snowtown director Justin Kurzel is turning his directorial hand to Shakespeare with next year’s new adaptation of MacBeth – and with an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard, Michael Fassbender, Sean Harris, David Thewlis and Paddy Considine, the film is set to be one of the big films of 2015.

We caught up with actor Ross Anderson (full interview coming soon!) who plays Rosse in the film and, after discussing his work in Unbroken and The Silent Storm, we were just able to get a little inside perspective on MacBeth.

Despite being cast alongside some of his childhood heroes, being part of this incredible cast hasn’t seemed to intimidate Anderson. Here’s what he had to say about just what makes this adaptation of the Shakespearean classic so different to what has come before.

“It’s presented in a very raw, human way. It’s pretty mind-blowing,” Anderson said. Having acted »

- Amanda Keats

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Angelina To Retire? Here Are Her Best Bits

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Having stepped behind the camera for Unbroken it is clear that Angelina Jolie has caught the directing bug. So much so that she revealed last week that she intends to leave her acting days behind her. Claiming that she has never truly felt comfortable in front of the camera, the Oscar-winning actress shared that she plans to focus on her directing career once she has got Cleopatra out of the way. The Egyptian monarch is a role that Jolie seems to have been born for so should she keep to her words then at least she would be going out on a high.

We here at The Hollywood News love a bit of Angelina and her kooky ways, and will be sorry to see her step out from the spotlight as she really is an incredible actress. To commemorate her career we take a look back at some of her career highlights. »

- Kat Smith

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Watch: ‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ Heats Up With New Featurettes

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With only weeks to go before Ridley Scott’s latest historical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings hits cinemas, 20th Century Fox is heating things up with four new featurettes that you can watch below.

Each clip takes a more intimate look at the varying relationships in the film. Beginning with ‘Ridley’s Epic World, we’re shown the epic scale of the world in which Moses (Christian Bale) and Rhamses (Joel Edgerton) reside and how their individual beliefs on leadership, drives conflict into their relationship.

The second clip ‘What Makes You Happy’ introduces Séfora (Maria Valverde) and her intimate relationship with Moses.

Tensions are raised further with the third clip ‘Miriam’, in which Rhamses confronts Moses and his sister Miriam (Indira Varma) over their duplicitous behaviour.

The final clip ‘Strength’, focuses on the growing discord between Rhamses and Moses in the lead up to a battle against their enemies and »

- Sacha Hall

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Today’s Other Big Trailer Release: Shaun The Sheep The Movie

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By now you’ve probably watched the Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens trailer, like a dozen or more times (or more), so why not mix it up a little now and take a look at a promo for another big 2015 release, Shaun The Sheep The Movie from Aardman Animation (the folks behind Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run).

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he baa-rgained for! Shaun’s mischief accidentally causes the Farmer to be taken away from the farm, so it’s up to Shaun and the flock to travel to the Big City to rescue him. Will Shaun find the Farmer in the strange and unfamiliar world of the City before he’s lost forever?

This one is heading to cinemas from 6th February (UK). Watch the brilliant new trailer below – and, »

- Paul Heath

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Updated: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer & First Stills Have Arrived

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Have you been avoiding the camera phone-filmed shaky footage of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, preferring to wait for the proper footage in all its glory? Well, bless your soul, here’s your reward!

Debuted just minutes ago, here is the much anticipated 88 second teaser for J.J. Abrams directorial Star Wars debut. We’re not going to pretend you’re reading this – just skip to the video, we don’t mind. Fill your boots with the trailer and scroll down for the first official stills:

So, was it worth it? Sand dunes, storm troopers, a pretty Sweet looking light sabre plus Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega. Interestingly, not even a sneaky peek at returning cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher or Mark HamillStar Wars: The Force Awakens is setting its early focus on a new generation. “Needs more Adam Driver” is the only »

- Victoria Bull

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Five Classic Children’s Books That Need To Be Blockbusters

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Today marks the big screen debut of everybody’s favourite bear (who isn’t Baloo, Little John or Fozzy). Paddington sees the polite, eponymous little bear gently stroll from the pages of Michael Bond’s beloved series of children’s books into a film produced by David Heyman, the man behind the Harry Potter series. Heyman even bought half the cast as Julie Walters, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton all appear alongside the hairy hero with the shabby hat. So we got to wondering; what other classic kid’s books could Heyman and his troop of actors adapt for silver screen success?

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- John Sharp

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Stations Of The Cross Review

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Director: Dietrich Brüggemann

Cast: Lea van Acken, Lucie Aron, Anna Brüggemann, Michael Kamp, Franziska Weisz

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 107 minutes

Synopsis: A young girl questions her fundamentalist Catholicism as she follows 14 Stations of the Cross to save her brother and attain holy sanctity in heaven.

I have to admit that the mere mention of words like Catholicism and Stations of the Cross, particularly if used in the same sentence, makes me want to turn heel and run in the opposite direction. As a catholic, I spent my early childhood at church every Sunday morning, praying up and down on my knees (hurting) on old wooden kneeling benches, hearing mass in English (and Latin) all whilst staring at 14 paintings of…you guessed it… the Stations of the Cross which were positioned equidistant from one other along both sides of the church. I was taught (*coughs* ‘indoctrinated’) by old school nuns in habits »

- Sacha Hall

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Watch: Dwayne Johnson Talks ‘Hercules’ In New Featurette

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Released on Monday 1st December, you can bring home the ultimate tale of strength and valour when Hercules is released on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD!

Director Brett Ratner has re-imagined the inspiring mythological adventures of the infamous half-man, half-god in this exhilarating epic, with the awesome Dwayne Johnson as the mighty Hercules in this thrilling story of fearlessness, courage and heroism. When a terrifying new enemy threatens the innocent people of Thrace, Hercules and his fearless team of warriors must lead their army in a battle against overwhelming odds. Hercules includes a sensational cast of acclaimed actors including Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell, and John Hurt.

When Hercules begins to doubt the King’s noble intentions, he is faced with an impossible choice between his life and his honour. Can our hero live up to his legendary name to uncover the truth and protect the innocents?

Check out this awesome new featurette:

Also, »

- Dan Bullock

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‘Rocky Horror’ Sequel ‘Shock Treatment’ Set To Electrify London Stage

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Legendary schlock musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show had a successful stage to screen transfer, in the process inspiring more cosplay than a thousand Wizard World conventions. Follow up movie Shock Treatment was a flop, but writer/star Richard O’Brien is planning to set the blood-stained glitterball in motion again with a reworked live version, due to premiere at the King’s Head Theatre in London next year. Though not a direct sequel, the film featured Rocky Horror characters Brad and Janet, who became part of a deranged TV broadcast in an age before reality television.

The satirical content is clearly a big draw for reviving the script now. While Shock Treatment didn’t make a dent at the box office it does have its own following. The production cast numerous performers who would go on to greater things, such as the late Rik Mayall and Ruby Wax, as »

- Steve Palace

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‘Peanuts’ Voice Cast Announced

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Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends look set to take the CG world by storm in their upcoming feature length film, Peanuts. Based on the characters created by Charles M. Schultz for the comic-strip of the same name, Peanuts will see the world through the eyes of the young. Anyone worth their salt will already be planning on fitting A Charlie Brown Christmas into their Christmas schedule, and from the trailer it certainly looks as though the makers are trying to capture the magic of the original strip. As such, a young voice cast has been assembled, which doesn’t include any immediately recognisable names in its ranks, unless you’re a youngling yourself with a keen ear for Disney/Nickelodeon stars.

Here’s the cast, and we’re very happy that stars haven’t been crammed in to slap over posters and TV spots:

Noah Schnapp voices the role of Good ol’ Charlie Brown, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Groot & Rocket Raccoon Featurettes

27 November 2014 12:55 PM, PST

This week has seen the release of the game-changing Guardians Of The Galaxy on DVD and Blu-ray and now we’ve got these two exclusive bonus clips to share with Thn readers!

In case you’ve been living where there’s no media coverage for anything, Guardians Of The Galaxy is one of the best ensembles I’ve seen on the big screen since Marvel’s other super-team The Avengers. Focusing around Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who steals a mysterious orb in outer space, he becomes the centre of a manhunt led by villain Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team, Quill pulls together a team of outcasts in order to take back the galaxy – and it’s all sound-tracked by an awesome mix-tape.

These clips feature James Gunn and his involvement of bringing Groot into reality, plus a look at his relationship with Oreo – the real »

- Dan Bullock

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Listen To A Bunch Of Film Scores Online As Paramount Push Nine Of Their Releases For Best Score Awards

27 November 2014 5:35 AM, PST

One of film’s unsung heroes is usually its score. Very often you’ll hear the expression – ‘if you don’t notice it’s there at all, then you’ve got yourself a great score.’ Or something like that. This year, there’s been a bundle of outstanding scores in film, and as we move closer to awards season, the studios are starting to push their very best under the noses of voters.

Paramount Pictures are first to the fold this year to promote their work, notably scores from nine of their 2014 releases, which are Noah, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Hercules, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mean Women & Children, Interstellar, Top Five, The Gambler and Selma. The studio has made all of those soundtracks available online over at this website, for Academy voters and the like to have an audible sniff at. Interestingly, they’re pushing Transformers: Age Of Extinction in all categories, »

- Paul Heath

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PTA’s ‘Inherent Vice’ Gets A ‘Last Supper’ Inspired New Poster

27 November 2014 5:22 AM, PST

Paul Thomas Andeerson’s new film Inherent Vice is carefully edging its way towards cinemas, and as we move ever closer to its Us release dat (December 12th limited, January 9th wide), we’re starting to get more and more promotional material for it. Today, we can reveal a cool new poster, clearly inspired by ‘The Last Supper,’ though with pizza… and Joaquin Phoenix.

In a California beach community, private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) tends to work his cases through the smoky haze of marijuana. One day, Shasta, an ex-lover, arrives out of the blue to plead for Doc’s help; it seems that Shasta’s current beau, rich real-estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann, has a wife who may be plotting to commit him to a mental hospital. When Mickey and Shasta both disappear, Doc navigates a psychedelic world of surfers, stoners and cops to solve the case.

Check out the new poster below. »

- Paul Heath

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Thn Turns 11! A Look Back At Our Favourite Films – Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

27 November 2014 4:00 AM, PST

Every once in a while a film comes along which completely changes your mind on a certain actor, whether it be for positive or negative reasons. Either their performance was astounding, proving their ability to morph seamlessly into their role, or was so disappointing you’d rather not talk about it. Jim Carrey, known for his slapstick humour and numerous comedy stints in films such as Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty and Dumb And Dumber, features as the shy, retiring Joel Barish in the 2004 science fiction drama Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and, boy, did he exceed my expectations tenfold.

I remember exactly where I was when I was introduced to Eternal Sunshine – a media studies lesson at the end of term, circa 2008. It had previously been shown on Channel 4, but its concept and narrative chronology was too much for me to handle on a Sunday evening, so I changed the channel. »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Meet The Greys! New ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Stills Feature Rita Ora, Andrew Airlie & Marcia Gay Harden

27 November 2014 3:09 AM, PST

Three new character images have been released from the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, which will be hitting cinemas this coming Valentine’s Day. They provide a look at Carrick Grey (played by Andrew Airlie), the adoptive father of Christian Grey, Rita Ora as Mia Grey; Christian’s adoptive sister and Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey; Christian’s adoptive mother.

Fifty Shades Of Grey is the hotly anticipated adaptation of E L James’ popular novel of the same name, which is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and stars Dakota Fanning in the lead as Anastasia and Jamie Dornan as the aforementioned kinky Christian Grey.

Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print »

- Paul Heath

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‘A Most Violent Year’ Gets A New Poster & Featurette

27 November 2014 2:45 AM, PST

A24 have just released a great new ‘character profile’ poster and featurette for their upcoming release, A Most Violent Year – which is 1981 Fyi. The film stars current Hollywood hot properties Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Jessica Chastain, who is currently appearing in the international hit Interstellar. We have the new poster and featurette for A Most Violent Year below, but first, the official synopsis.

A Most Violent Year is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. From acclaimed writer/director J.C. Chandor, and starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), this gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay.

J.C. Chandor’s third feature examines one immigrant’s determined climb up a morally crooked ladder, »

- Paul Heath

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Patema Inverted To Hit UK DVD & Blu-Ray December 1st

27 November 2014 2:26 AM, PST

Here’s a look at an interesting new Anime DVD/ Blu-Ray hitting shelves next Monday, 1st December. Patema Inverted is billed as one of the freshest Sci-­Fi anime in years, an action­packed, gravity­defying adventure from Yasuhiro Yoshiura.

The princess of a subterranean community, cheerful and inquisitive Patema loves investigating the mazelike tunnels and caverns of her homeland ­ especially the forbidden ‘danger zone’. While out exploring, however, Patema falls headlong into an impossibly deep pit …only to find herself on the surface, mysteriously ‘falling’ upwards into the sky.

Saved by a teen boy named Age, Patema discovers that on this strange surface world, the floor has become her ceiling. Not only that but Age’s country is a harsh, propaganda­ridden tyranny where people are forbidden to look upwards. With all underground dwellers seen as unholy sinners, Patema soon finds herself pursued by the secret police. Together with her new friend, »

- Paul Heath

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