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Domhnall Gleeson and Jesse Plemons have joined Tom Cruise in ‘Mena’

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Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) and former Breaking Bad actor Jesse Plemons have joined Tom Cruise in director Doug Liman’s in-production action/drama Mena. The 80s-set film is currently shooting over in Georgia and Cruise has already been spotted plodding around in some fantastic eighties costume, complete with Top Gun style aviator shades (see below).

Mena revolves around the character of Barry Seal (Cruise), ‘a hustler and Twa pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history — one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal.’

The film sees Cruise reunite with director Liman. This is their first collaboration since the rather excellent Edge of Tomorrow, a true highlight of 2014 which really did deserve more at the box-office in terms of dollars taken. If you haven’t seen it, »

- Paul Heath

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First look at the ‘Bend It By Beckham’ musical, now previewing in London

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We strive to cover as many theatre productions as physically possible here at Thn, and love it when one comes our way that ties into film at the same time. Sure we’ve had some duds over the years, but there are also the gems that come our way too (we’re thinking Dirty Dancing, Billy Elliot and the brilliant Once to name a few).

Now in previews but officially opening in a couple of weeks is the stage version of Gurinder Chadha’s rather brilliant Bend It Like Beckham, which is probably most famous as being Keira Knightley’s break-out movie.

The production officially opens at the end of June, and we hope to bring you a full review in the weeks leading up to the big opening night on the 24th, but for now here’s a very special, first-look at the cast in the musical.

Natalie Dew »

- Paul Heath

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Has Chris Pine joined the cast of ‘Wonder Woman?’

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It seems that Warner Bros. are moving positively forward with their next DC comic-book movie adaptation. Following the positive buzz we’re hearing about the in-production Suicide Squad, and the anticipation for next year’s massive Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, casting is progressing on the stand alone Wonder Woman movie which will be led by Gal Gadot, who will make a brief appearance in Batman V Supes.

It seems that Captain Kirk himself, Chris Pine, is in talks to star opposite Gadot in the movie as the male lead, and love interest to Wonder Woman/ Diana Prince, Steve Trevor. In the comic books Steve Trevor is a WWII fighter pilot who crash lands on Prince’s island where she nurses him back to health. Once he has recovered, she follows him to civilisation where she becomes Wonder Woman, with Trevor having no idea as to the existence of her alter ego. »

- Paul Heath

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Tilda Swinton to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange?’

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The Brits are taking over Marvel. As we all know, Benedict Cumberbatch is to play the title character in Marvel’s Phase 3 film Doctor Strange, but now it looks like he’s being joined by one of Blighty’s other highly-respected thespians. Tilda Swinton, who appeared the in the brilliant, but bloody dark We Need To Talk About Kevin and the fantastic vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive, alongside fellow Marvel alumni Tom Hiddleston, is in talks to play the role of The Ancient One in the Scott Derrickson directed adventure.

The film, expected in cinemas in 2017 (November 4th), revolves around a mysterious surgeon who, after injuring his hands, discovers the power of magic.

Doctor Strange is expected to start filming in the UK very soon, so expect the ‘talks’ to be concluded relatively quickly. The role of The Ancient One, the 500-year old mentor of Doctor Strange, has historically »

- Paul Heath

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Brittany Ishibashi cast in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′

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So it looks like the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has now got its Karai.

Brittany Ishibashi will be playing the warrior with mixed loyalties in David Green’s sequel to the 2014 hit. Karai, who is sometimes shown as Shredder’s daughter, and sometimes as a high ranking but unrelated member of the Foot Clan, had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it part in the first instalment (played by Minae Noji).

But turtle fans will no doubt be breathing a collective sigh of relief at the character’s expanded role. Ishibashi, who has previously starred in Revenge of the Bridesmaids and Eagle Eye, will be joining Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Tyler Perry and Brian Tee.


- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Win ‘San Andreas’ Merchandise, In Cinemas May 28!

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Get ready for San Andreas, the upcoming action blockbuster starring Dwayne Johnson, arriving in cinemas May 28th. To celebrate the release, we’re giving you the chance to win a set of merchandise, including: Key Tag, Whistle, ID holder, Men’s Navy Tee and Mesh Hat.

After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.

Simply answer the question below and you could win a San Andreas merchandise bundle:

San Andreas reunites Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following their collaboration on this global hit. Name their previous collaboration.

A/ Journey 2: The Mysterious Island »

- Dan Bullock

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Win tickets to an exclusive London screening of ‘Fortitude’ this Monday!

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To celebrate the release of the mighty Fortitude on Blu-ray and DVD this Monday June 1st, we’ve got an exclusive screening taking place at the unique Ice Bar London and 2 pairs of tickets to giveaway for Monday 1st June evening!

You’ll open the evening with a Fortitude-inspired cocktail at the legendary bar, then be treated to your own introduction to the show, an exclusive screening of the first episode and – there’s more – a chance to win your very own copy of Fortitude!

Fortitude is a place like nowhere else on Earth: a frontier boomtown in the wild and savage landscape of the far north.  Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Richard Dormer) leads a world-class search-and-rescue team, but now finds himself investigating the shocking murder of a prominent member of the community.

It’s one of my favourite TV series recently and to enter you just need to Retweet what’s below. »

- Dan Bullock

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10 Things…. you didn’t know about ‘San Andreas’

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The arrival of a movie starring Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, aka The Brahma Bull, aka The Great One, is always an occasion to celebrate, and here’s the first of a new series of tongue-in-cheek columns here at Thn which reveal ten things you didn’t know about the truly epic new action film, San Andreas.

Let’s count it down!

10. Something to do with GTA? Right?

No, this film has nothing at all to do with the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, silly, but you have to admit that this dude has an array of tats to rival those of the Great One… New movie franchise opportunity? You read it here first.

9. So, San Andreas is where…?

The movie was shot largely in Australia. Not California, where the San Andreas Fault obviously is. We’re guessing it was cheaper, or maybe they relocated because…

8. … Kylie Minogue is in it. »

- Paul Heath

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All wool be revealed! Thn chats to ‘Shaun The Sheep Movie’ directors Richard Starzak & Mark Burton

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Shaun The Sheep Movie is about to be released on DVD and Blu-ray after a baa-rilliant reception on the big screen. In many ways the original farm heroes saga, its story follows Shaun and the gang as they head into the big city to rescue their gibberish-speaking custodian, the Farmer.

The film was praised for its echoing of old school slapstick comedy and hopes are high for a follow up. So while the gears of the studios whirr in contemplation over that, we sat down with writer/directors Richard Starzak and Mark Burton for a good old bleat…

Shaun The Sheep on TV is only a few minutes long. How did you go about expanding the concept to feature length?

Richard: That was the big challenge. That’s why I think me and Mark work as well together. Mark’s had much experience of writing feature scripts and we had »

- Steve Palace

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San Andreas Review

27 May 2015 4:07 AM, PDT

Director: Brad Peyton.

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Paul Giamatti, Kylie Minogue

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 114 minutes

Synopsis: After a devastating earthquake hits California, a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue-helicopter pilot (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) attempt to leave Los Angeles and head to San Francisco to find and rescue their daughter (Alexandra Daddario).

San Andreas joins a long list of disaster movies that have been hurtled our way over the past few years; from the heights of Irwin Allen’s epics of the 1960s and 1970s (see The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, The Poseidon Adventure), to the more recent CGI affairs, most of which were thrown at the screen by German director Roland Emmerich (2012, The Day After Tomorrow). While most of those movies relied on high-octane effects and a multitude of characters led by one or two big name stars, »

- Paul Heath

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Point Break remake trailer!

27 May 2015 12:00 AM, PDT

So, Point Break has been remade. We all thought that it might just be a bad dream, but it looks like thry’ve actually gone and done it. The star-power is somewhat limited in this remake of the classic Patrick Swayze/ Keanu Reeves original (which was released in the summer of 1991), with former Home and Away actor Luke Bracey playing the role of undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah (originally played by Reeves) and Édgar Ramírez (The Bourne Ultimatum, Wrath Of The Titans) playing renegade extreme sports athlete Bodhi (originally played by the late, great Patrick Swayze). These are two potential star-making turns for the undoubtably talented actors. Oh, and for some serious character acting support, the likes of Ray Winstone (Noah), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Delroy Lindo (Ransom) are in the film too.

The original movie largely revolved around surfing and skydiving, but this new version adds to that »

- Paul Heath

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From ‘A Most Violent Year’ to ‘A United Kingdom’ for David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike

27 May 2015 12:00 AM, PDT

A Most Violent Year saw him tackling corruption as a dodgy Da. But for his latest role rising star David Oyelowo is to play South African royalty in a true life drama from Belle director Amma Asante.

A United Kingdom follows Seretse Khama, a controversial figure whose marriage to Ruth Williams, an Englishwoman, threatened to destroy his political career in the 1940s and 50s. Hailing from the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland (which became Botswana), Khama found himself under attack from his family and his nation. He went on to take the Presidency of Botswana.

Rosamund Pike is to play Williams and the script is by Guy Hibbert. Oyelowo produces alongside Rick McCallum and Pathe International. He describes the film as “an epic love story”.

The movie should go some way to cementing Oyelowo’s credentials in Hollywood. He attracted great attention for his role as Martin Luther King Jr in »

- Steve Palace

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Jason Statham likes to “get drunk” with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

26 May 2015 11:44 PM, PDT

Jason Statham likes to “get drunk” with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

The Spy star, who has been in a relationship with the 28-year-old actress for five years, says they enjoy letting their hair down at Los Angeles home when they aren’t busy working.

Asked what they like to do together, the 47-year-old star actor said: “We get drunk and float around the swimming pool.”

The British star plays a tough guy in his new film alongside Melissa McCarthy and admits he was initially “apprehensive” about starring in a comedy, but thinks it will be a hit.

He told Esquire magazine: “I’ve always been apprehensive about trying to do a f**king comedy, because they’re either brilliant or they’re f**king terrible. At least in making an action film, there’s always going to be someone who wants to see a car chase. Even if a lot of the people don’t like it, »

- The Hollywood News

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Robert Rodriguez will direct ‘Jonny Quest’ for Warner Bros.

26 May 2015 2:24 PM, PDT

Robert Rodriguez, the one-man movie-making machine behind the likes of the Spy Kids franchise and the more recent Machete movies, is to direct a big-screen version of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jonny Quest for Warner Bros. The original series, which aired in the 1960s, ran for one season before spawning a couple of television movies and a series video games.

The series revolved around a boy named Jonny Quest who accompanies his father on extraordinary adventures. The screenplay for the film, written by Dan Mazeau, has been around since 2008, and although Rodriguez usually directs from his own scripts, the screenplay for this will see him team with Terry Rossio, the man responsible for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, for a rewrite.

Rodriguez is well known in Hollywood for operating out of his own studio facility, Troublemaker, in Austin, Texas, and not under a big studio, which it looks like »

- Paul Heath

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers talks about “minor relapse” earlier this month

26 May 2015 2:05 PM, PDT

Jonathan Rhys Meyers had a “minor relapse” earlier this month.

The ‘Damascus Cover‘ star, who has sought treatment in rehab for alcohol addiction three times in the past, feels “quite embarrassed” after photographs recently surfaced of him drinking vodka while looking dishevelled in London and has assured his fans it was “just a blip” in his recovery.

The 37-year-old Irish heartthrob addressed the incident on his fiancée Mara Lane’s Instagram page today (26.05.15), writing: “Mara and I are thankful for your support and kindness during this time. I apologise for having a minor relapse and hope that people don’t think too badly of me.”

Jonathan also brushed off speculation he skipped the Cannes Film Festival as a result of his personal issues.

He added: “I stopped drinking immediately and it is no reflection on ‘Damascus Cover’ as I was not meant to attend Cannes this year and I apologise to fans and colleagues. »

- The Hollywood News

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Keira Knightley has reportedly given birth to her first child

26 May 2015 2:02 PM, PDT

Keira Knightley has reportedly given birth to her first child.

The British actress and husband James Righton, 31, recently welcomed their baby into the world in London, according to E! News, but no further details have been confirmed yet.

The 30-year-old star, who got married to the Klaxons rocker in France in May 2013, previously admitted she was feeling relaxed about becoming a mother despite struggling to come up with a “whole birthing plan.”

The ‘Pirates of Caribbean‘ beauty said: “There isn’t an option to sort of keep it in, is there? So, I’m assuming my plan is to get it out. But apparently there’s more to the plan than that. I don’t know what that is. Still, my plan is to get it out. It will come out.”

The Oscar-nominee also joked James was enjoying “drinking for two” while she was pregnant.

Speaking about how she’s »

- The Hollywood News

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Taylor Swift insists being a musician is “not that hard”

26 May 2015 10:35 AM, PDT

Taylor Swift insists being a musician is “not that hard”.

The ‘Blank Space’ hitmaker revealed she doesn’t find it difficult being a touring superstar because she has lots of fun while on the road, but admitted there are lots of different on stage situations she has to “adapt” to, including accepting she won’t look her best after an energetic, sweat-inducing show.

Speaking about being a performer, she said: “It’s not that hard. I’m telling you right now, it’s really not. I mean, you’re performing in different kinds of things you have to adapt to, like you have to adapt to like what happens if it rains, you have to keep going even if you’re feeling really sick. You have to accept the fact that at a certain point in the show you’re going to start sweating so profusely that you don’t »

- The Hollywood News

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Calvin Klein has spent $30 million on a new home in the Hollywood Hills

26 May 2015 10:33 AM, PDT

Calvin Klein has spent $30 million on a new home in the Hollywood Hills.

The fashion designer has reportedly splashed out the huge sum on a “glass box” in Los Angeles after selling his property in Miami, Florida.

He said: “It’s a glass box up in the hills. I’m not going to say this is my dream house, but it’s a place I can have a lot of fun in and that I can escape to.”

Calvin, 72, grew to love the view from high up in the Hollywood Hills after spending time writing a book at fellow fashion designer Vera Wang’s Trousdale Estates home in the area.

He told the New York Post newspaper’s Page Six column: “I never saw La that way. I’m a sucker for views. Not to compare apples to oranges, but Miami Beach is a resort. La is where people work, »

- The Hollywood News

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Diana Ross is planning a four-day wedding in Hawaii for her daughter Chudney

26 May 2015 10:31 AM, PDT

Diana Ross is planning a four-day wedding in Hawaii for her daughter Chudney.

The legendary Supremes singer hosted her son Evan’s nuptials to Ashlee Simspon last September at her Connecticut mansion and is set to throw another extravagant multi-day wedding celebration for her youngest daughter Chudney and her partner Josh Faulkner next month.

A source told the New York Daily News newspaper’s Confidenti@l column: “Diana is going all-out and doing a four-day bash. It’s one of those weddings where there’s activities day and night and meals planned for every single meal. Very luxurious. It’ll be a full-on food, drink and music celebration. Everything’s going to be taken care of for the guests.”

Hawaii is a special place for the betrothed couple, as the pair went there on a ‘babymoon’ before having their now two-year-old daughter Calloway Lane.

The guests are due to arrive on the first day, »

- The Hollywood News

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Johnny Depp has sponsored an orphaned bat

26 May 2015 10:28 AM, PDT

Johnny Depp has sponsored an orphaned bat.

The ‘Mortdecai’ actor reportedly decided to take the injured creature under his wing after it was found close to the set of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales’, which he is currently filming in Australia.

The 51-year-old actor offered to pay for the bat’s medical care after it was rescued by the The Australian Bat Clinic and named Jacki Sparrow after Jonny’s character Jack Sparrow in the pirate movie franchise.

The Bat Clinic’s director Trish Wimberley told Daily Mail Australia: “He was very interested in it (Jacki Sparrow) and so we asked if Johnny would like to sponsor her, because we do sponsor little babies and he said yes.

“We’re going to be sending Johnny an adoption certificate and little update photos, which is what we normally do with our sponsors.”

The Golden Globe-winner »

- The Hollywood News

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