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Donald Glover has been cast as Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo Movie!

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Donald Glover has officially joined the cast of the Han Solo Star Wars movie as a young Lando Calrissian. The part was originally played by Billy Dee Williams in original trilogy and Glover will star in the planned stand-alone Star Wars story set for release in December 2018.

Lucasfilm will bring the Han Solo movie to screens via directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Alden Ehrenreich (Hail! Caesar) will play the role of Solo in the film which is set many years before A New Hope, though slightly later than Revenge Of The Sith (we presume).

According to Coming Soon, the film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.

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New trailer arrives for new Netflix original ‘The Crown’

21 October 2016 7:55 AM, PDT

Ahead of its release onto Netflix next month, we have a brand new trailer for the monarch-themed drama The Crown to share with you.

A Netflix original series, focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline,  the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await.

The Crown reunites acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours »

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Acclaimed artist Lincoln Townley paints BAFTA honourees for Britannia Award

21 October 2016 3:57 AM, PDT

Acclaimed British artist Lincoln Townley, who counts the likes of Sir Michael Caine, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro amongst his fans, will head to Los Angeles this week after being commissioned to paint the honourees for this year’s prestigious Britannia Award.

The BAFTA Brtitannia Award is the highest accolade presented by BAFTA Los Angeles, and is a celebration of achievement honouring individuals and companies from the Us, UK and beyond who have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the art-forms of the moving image.

Honourees this year are  Jodie Foster, Ricky Gervais, Samuel L. Jackson, Felicity Jones, Ang Lee and Ewan McGregor.

Honourees over the years have included Sir Michael Caine, Martin Scorsese, Dame Elizabeth TaylorAnthony Hopkins, Colin Firth, Clint Eastwood, Dame Helen MirrenSteven Spielberg, Ben StillerGeorge Lucas, Kate WinsletRobert De NiroDaniel Day Lewis and George Clooney.

Last year BAFTA La’s official artist-in-residence, »

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Thn drink like Vikings for the arrival of ‘Vikings: Season 4 – Part One’

21 October 2016 3:23 AM, PDT

It’s not every day that you get an invite in your inbox challenging you to venture into the heart of London town to ‘brew and drink’ like a viking, but that’s exactly what The Hollywood News found themselves doing earlier on this week.

To coincide with the release on Vikings: Season 4 part one which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from 24th October, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment threw us aboard a Nordic longship (actually the Essex Street Brewing house just off the Strand) to savour the taste of a classic blend from the 11th century, and even trusted us to brew it ourselves. You see, for vikings, drinking wasn’t just a chance to enjoy a beverage, alcohol was a way of life, and drinking beer specifically was a part of their ancestral lifestyle which had deep cultural and religious significance. Sounds like the mantra and ethos »

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[Video] ‘Doctor Strange’ gets big global premiere in Hollywood

21 October 2016 1:04 AM, PDT

Last night, the world premiere of the upcoming Marvel movie Doctor Strange received its world premiere on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. All of the stars of the Marvel Studios epic took to the red carpet to kick off their global tour, which also takes in London, Berlin and New York. We have a few interviews from last night’s big Hollywood shindig, including a chat with Doctor Strange himself Benedict Cumberbatch, in the players below.

Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it »

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Watch the final trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’

21 October 2016 12:48 AM, PDT

The final trailer for the upcoming sci-fi movie Arrival has just landed online ahead of its release globally next month. The critically acclaimed science fiction drama stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker and revolves around mysterious spacecrafts which touch down across the globe. An elite team is brought together to investigate their ‘arrival’ and to see if they’ve come in peace.

We loved this film when we caught it back in Toronto last month and commended its huge depth, cracking story and well structured screenplay all executed to perfection by its players and creative team. Amy Adams is quite wonderful too.

Read the full review here and check out the final trailer below. Arrival lands on UK shores on 10th November 2016.

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What Are The Best Films Set In Nevada?

20 October 2016 10:00 PM, PDT

As well as being home to the gambling capital of the world, Las Vegas, the state of Nevada is also a beautiful area of open desert land that makes it ideal as a location for a number of different movies. Las Vegas and the wider Nevada area have been used as stunning backdrops in a number of well known movies, here we take a look at just a few of them.

The Hangover

The first instalment of (what has affectionately become known as) the Wolfpack Trilogy, the Hangover was released in 2009, and sees groom-to-be Doug go missing on his bachelor party in Vegas, and it’s up to his friends to find him again. Director, Todd Phillips was certain to show off the very best sights of Las Vegas and the wider Nevada area. A lot of the action takes place in, or around, Caesar’s Palace, where the main characters are staying. »

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Game of Thrones: An actress of the series leaves the social network after many attacks

20 October 2016 5:00 PM, PDT

One of the actresses of the event series produced by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss recently left social networks after not many attacks, because of its role in Game of Thrones.

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Tom Hardy to play legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton in new movie

20 October 2016 10:48 AM, PDT

Tom Hardy is looking to play the explorer Ernest Shackleton in a new film set up over at StudioCanal. Deadline are reporting the news that the British actor will play the famous polar explorer in the new project, titled simply Shackleton, which is being written by Peter Straughan.

Shackleton famously led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, and was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

There’s no specific timeline on when this will all be happening, but Hardy has a long list of projects on the horizon, including Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Dunkirk and the TV show Taboo which he developed with his father Chip.

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ABC planning a TV reboot of Will Smith film ‘Enemy Of The State’

20 October 2016 10:31 AM, PDT

ABC are reportedly planning to reboot Enemy Of The State, based around the 1998 Will Smith movie which was directed by Tony Scott and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. A pilot is now in development after being given the green light by the network.

Morgan Foehl is writing the screenplay for the pilot. Here’s the original movie’s official plot.

Corrupt National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight) has a congressman assassinated to assure the passage of expansive new surveillance legislation. When a videotape of the murder ends up in the hands of Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith), a labor lawyer and dedicated family man, he is framed for murder. With the help of ex-intelligence agent Edward “Brill” Lyle , Dean attempts to throw Reynolds off his trail and prove his innocence.

The original movie, which also starred the legendary Gene Hackman as Lyle, grossed $250 million worldwide. Bruckheimer will also produce the proposed TV show. »

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Exclusive Interview: Director Edward Zwick on ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’

20 October 2016 9:11 AM, PDT

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Just this morning we caught up with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back director and co-screenwriter Edward Zwick where we spoke about the movie – his first proper action-movie – which stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders and Danika Yarosh.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from today (October 20th) and it really is a pretty decent flick that hails back to the action movies of the 1970s, which Ed speaks about in our interview.

Check out our interview with Ed below as well as our catch-up with stars Cobie Smulders and Danika Yarosh over here.

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Exclusive Interview: Cobie Smulders & Danika Yarosh on the new Jack Reacher

20 October 2016 6:54 AM, PDT

Cobie Smulders and Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

In cinemas from today is the new Jack Reacher movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back which sees Tom Cruise return as the iconic character from the books by Lee Child, along with Cobie Smulders and Danika Yarosh.

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.  Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is the Army Major who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit. She is arrested for Treason and knowing that she is innocent, Reacher must break her out of prison and uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear their names and save their lives.  On the run as fugitives from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.

We caught up with both Cobie Smulders »

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Must Watch: The very first trailer for the new Wolverine film ‘Logan’

20 October 2016 6:19 AM, PDT

20th Century Fox have just dropped the latest trailer for Logan, Hugh Jackman‘s last turn as his iconic character, Wolverine. As expected, things are slightly darker for the latest outing for the character with the action a lot more violent than previous entries.

Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and Dafne Keen also star in the film, which will arrive in cinemas next March 3rd, 2017.

Complete with Johnny Cash soundtrack here is the firs teaser trailer for Logan. Enjoy.

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Watch the first trailer for Gore Verbinski’s ‘A Cure For Wellness’

19 October 2016 11:42 PM, PDT

20th Century Fox have just dropped the very first trailer for A Cure For Wellness, a new horror film from Gore Verbinski, which will hit cinemas next year.

Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth star in this interesting-looking feature, which will arrive in Us cinemas next February 17th, 2017, and the UK shortly afterwards on March 24th, 2017.

Here’s the official synopsis.

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of The Ring, comes the new psychological thriller, A Cure For Wellness. »

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‘Harry Potter’ producer to bring ‘Willy Wonka’ prequel to screens

19 October 2016 10:30 PM, PDT

Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them producer David Heyman is to work with Warner Bros. to bring a sequel to the magical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to screens. Trade paper Variety says that the WB have bagged the rights to the Wonka property from the estate of Roald Dahl and have set The Secret Life of Pets writer Simon Rich to work on the screenplay.

The trade adds that the film will Not be an origin tale, but ‘a standalone movie focused on Wonka and his early adventures’. The word is that this could be the start of a new franchise with familiar characters like Charlie popping up in future movies.

Johnny Depp and the late, great Gene Wilder have played the part in past movies, and a stage production Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently enjoying its final year on the West End stage. »

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Colin Firth has joined the cast of ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

19 October 2016 10:01 PM, PDT

Academy Award winning British actor Colin Firth has joined Emily Blunt in the cast of the forthcoming Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns over at Disney, so reports Variety.

The film will start shooting next year and will actually be set 25 years after the events of the first movie where Michael and Jane Banks (Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) get a visit from their childhood nanny, the magical Mary Poppins (Blunt).

Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda are also amongst the cast.

Variety reports that Firth will be playing William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.

Rob Marshall is directing the film for Disney with a release date of December 25th 2018 already set.

Colin Firth will next be seen in Genius and then the comedy-action sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle in 2017.

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Theatre Review: Chicago (UK Tour)

19 October 2016 9:20 PM, PDT

Chicago review: Come and see how the prettiest women ever charged with murder get free for an evening of fabulous entertainment.

Chicago review by Katey Thompson.

This is an evening full of music, dancing and singing.  Chicago is based true events that happened in Chicago in the 1920’s and is based on the play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins. It is about two vaudeville acts who are being tried for murder, with lyrics and music by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Roxie Hart is brilliantly performed by Hayley Tamaddon (of Emmerdale and Coronation Street fame) a night club singer who shoots her lover whilst declaring undying love for her husband Amos. Neil Ditt portrays this non-descript man with excellent pathos and humour, especially when he performs the classic Mister Cellophane. Velma Kelly, a double murderess is depicted brilliantly by Sophie Carmen-Jones. Whilst in prison Roxie steals Velma Kelly’s place »

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Captain Marvel to be an origin story after all

19 October 2016 3:41 PM, PDT

A little while back it was being reported that the forthcoming Captain Marvel film, which is being written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the GalaxyChallenger), was not going to be an original story. Well, now it looks like Marvel may have back-tracked on that idea and it will indeed tell the origins of Carol Danvers/ Captain Marvel after all.

Marvel Studios’ head honcho Kevin Feige has been quoted as saying that “Captain Marvel is certainly an origin [story],” adding that “it’s an origin story from the start.” Well, it doesn’t get any clearer from that, does it? Marvel are riding a tide of success at the moment with many films in production, including the likes of Thor: RagnarokSpider-Man: HomecomingGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and two more Avengers movies. As well as all of that, there is the merchandise and the spin-offs, and also Marvel video games, »

- Paul Heath

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First look at the Mad Max: Fury Road: Blood & Chrome edition

19 October 2016 10:17 AM, PDT

Yahoo! Movies have unleashed an exclusive first look at George Miller’s Mad Max Fury Road: Blood & Chrome Edition, essentially the film presented in black and white – which looks and sounds amazing.

This version will be hitting stores in time for Christmas, and Yahoo! have today delivered a neat little clip showing what we can expect.

Take a look at this:

“Blood and Chrome Edition…will be available Dec. 6 in a two-disc set with the original theatrical release ($30) and also as part of the Mad Max High-Octane Collection ($55 for DVD; $80 for Blu-ray). The latter collects the full quartet of films — including Mad Max (1979), The Road Warrior (1982), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) — along with a movie-length documentary on the saga and a making-of featurette on The Road Warrior. Both packages contain Miller’s introduction.

No word on whether this will make it to UK shores as yet as the release info »

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Here’s your first look at Hugh Jackman as old man ‘Logan’

19 October 2016 10:08 AM, PDT

20th Century Fox have just released our first look at Hugh Jackman in the forthcoming Wolverine film Logan.

The film, which is released next March will be Hugh Jackman’s last turn as his iconic character who we first saw in X-Men over 16 years ago.

The first teaser trailer for Logan will debut online this Sunday, October 23. The web tells us that the BBFC (the British Board Of Film Classification) have given it a 15 rating, which is pretty hardcore for the trailer – so expect some violence and some filthy language.

Jackman is joined in Logan by Sir Patrick Stewart, Boyd HolbrookStephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Logan opens on March 3rd, 2017.

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