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Podcast 172: Josh Gad

14 hours ago

You might know him as the voice of Olaf from Frozen, or you could be a big Wedding Ringer fan, or you could love his work with Billy Crystal in The Comedians... but however you know him, he's Josh Gad, and here's on the show this week to talk about Pixels (out August 12). Every single one of them. Ever.Elsewhere, the podcast team come to terms with the idea - repeat: the idea - that Radiohead could conceivably write the theme song for Spectre. Then there's our review of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, and a post-match analysis of our Worst Movies Ever list.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »

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Daniel Radcliffe Heads To Imperium

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In his time playing heroes and weirdoes and people of all stripes, Daniel Radcliffe hasn’t had the chance to play someone in law enforcement. He’s changing that with a new role, signing up to play an FBI agent in Imperium. Though it sounds like some sort of epic space opera, it’s actually rooted in the real-life story of Michael German, an FBI agent who spent years undercover in neo-Nazi and militia groups in the States. In the film, the character based on German will be similarly embedded, trying to stop a bunch of chaos-happy white supremacists constructing a dirty bomb.  Daniel Ragussis, who has been making short films, is jumping to features with this thriller, which he co-wrote with German. All being well, the cameras should be rolling this autumn.It’s another job for the ever-busy Radcliffe, who is currently shooting surreal indie pic Swiss Army Man »

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Tom Cruise Teases Edge Of Tomorrow Sequel

30 July 2015 5:07 PM, PDT

Big of budget but disappointing of box office, Edge Of Tomorrow seems an unlikely candidate for a sequel, even in these franchise-happy times. Tom Cruise, however, is still chewing over ways and means of making it happen. Talking to MTV News at the premiere of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, he hinted that the property may yet live again.“I pitched it to [Christopher] McQuarrie and Doug [Liman]," he revealed of his idea for a sequel. "We were there one night and I was like, 'I’ve got an idea for it'."McQuarrie, of course, is Cruise's screenwriter of choice and the man who adapted the Manga property All You Need Is Kill into a pulsing, pacy sci-fi actioner in which Cruise and Emily Blunt tooled up to tackle a species of grabastic extra-terrestrial killing machines. Liman directed the movie and is reconnecting with his star for crime biopic Mena.Should it come to pass, »

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Tom Hardy's Taboo Finds A Director

30 July 2015 5:02 PM, PDT

Developing at the BBC between Tom Hardy and his Locke/ Peaky Blinders cohort Steven Knight, the eight-part series Taboo now has the first of a likely two directors. Kristoffer Nyholm, the Danish director behind the likes of The Killing and Sky's The Enfield Haunting, will man the cameras for the first four episodes of the "event". His other half has yet to be announced.Set in 1813, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America.“This man, James Delaney, is a deeply flawed and deeply troubled human being. His greatest struggle will be against the East India Company which, »

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Drew Pearce Says The Other Ghostbusters Is Still Happening

30 July 2015 5:01 PM, PDT

Update: Original Ghostbusters director and continuing producer Ivan Reitman has now added his voice to that of Drew Pearce... in a slightly more forthright manner. "There has been a lot of excitement recently about what is happening with the Ghostbusters franchise," he tells Uproxx. "As the producer of the new Ghostbusters film, I feel the need to clarify. There is only one new Ghostbusters movie and that is the Paul Feig directed version coming next July, presently filming and going fantastically. The rest is just noise.”If you've been following the saga of the Ghostbusters rebootquel, you'll know that as well as the Paul Feig / Melissa McCarthy / Kristen Wiig incarnation, there's also been talk of another film, in a bigger-picture, Marvel-type connected universe stylee. Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt were both mentioned in connection with the project, although Tatum and Pratt have both said they're not doing it. Now, writer »

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The First Full-Length Trailer For Black Mass Arrives

30 July 2015 9:18 AM, PDT

The teaser trailer shook you up, and now the full-length trailer for Black Mass - the story of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, as played by Johnny Depp - has landed, and we insist you watch it. And once you have, be sure to watch our trailer breakdown with director Scott Cooper here for lots of insight on exactly what it is we're watching, and how it fits in with the fascinating true story...With Out Of The Furnace’s Cooper directing, Black Mass tells the story of Bulger, who masterminded a violent gang in Boston while also reportedly turning federal informant to take down rivals. It seemed to be working out well – particularly with corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) helping to smooth things – but when the Bureau began making arrests, agents double-crossed Bulger and prosecuted him. Bulger fled in 1994, was captured in 2011 in California and has since »

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Patricia Arquette Joins Troll: The Rise Of Harry Potter, Jr.

30 July 2015 9:02 AM, PDT

Come with us on a journey to meet a young man named Harry Potter, who must stop a diabolical evil from... No, wait! It’s not a new story set in J.K. Rowling’s world, as the new project’s lawyers are at pains to point out. It’s actually an animated follow-up to 1986 oddity Troll, and Patricia Arquette is the first person to be announced as part of the voice cast.Yes, despite the fact that it was critically mauled upon release, Troll – which saw the titular creature invade a San Francisco apartment on the hunt for a magical ring that can turn him back into human form – has become something of a cult curio, if not exactly a hit.Now the original film’s director, John Carl Buechler is involved in the new film, known as Troll: The Rise Of Harry Potter, Jr., which finds the young »

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First Teaser Trailer For Beasts Of No Nation

30 July 2015 9:01 AM, PDT

Among the first of Netflix’s big moves into becoming a film distributor is its acquisition of Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation, which stars Idris Elba. On the heels of its inclusion in both the Toronto and Venice film festivals comes this first teaser trailer. Beasts, which adapts author Uzodinma Iweala’s novel, finds a young man named Agu (Abraham Attah) abducted from his home and pressed into service as a child soldier. Elba is playing the Commandant, a warlord who mentors Agu during his training. Fukunaga also adapted the script, which aims to take an unflinching look at a troubling, terrifying reality.While Elba is often intense in his roles, we don’t usually get to see him being truly menacing. But from the looks of this, the Commandant, with his measured application of horror, will be a chance to do just that.Netflix will be streaming »

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The Trailer For Room Arrives

30 July 2015 8:59 AM, PDT

Having just scored a slot at the Toronto International Film Festival, anticipated drama Room has brought its first trailer online, boasting the promise of another great performance from Brie LarsonRoom is based on the 2010 novel by Emma Donoghue, which is itself based loosely on the real life case of Elisabeth Fritzl. Fritzl was imprisoned in a secret basement space by her appalling father Josef for 24 years, bearing him several children which he explained as foundlings. She was discovered in 2008, and her father was jailed for life in 2009.In Donoghue's Booker-shortlisted version, this becomes the story of Ma, seven years a prisoner with a son called Jack, who is also the novel's narrator. Their captor remains offstage, given little attention, since the focus is Jack's world view, having never known anything but the small space in which he lives. The writer herself adapted the script, and the film was directed by Frank’s Lenny Abrahamson. »

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Matthew Modine Heads 47 Meters Down

30 July 2015 8:55 AM, PDT

We’ve long been conditioned by the likes of Jaws and, er, the Sharknado films to view sharks as the big threat in the ocean. But what if you stir in the extra danger of drowning far from the surface? That’s the central idea for the new thriller 47 Meters Down, which has just added Matthew Modine to its cast.The film follows the misadventures of two sisters, Kate (Claire Holt) and Lisa (Mandy Moore), who are enjoying the holiday of a lifetime in Mexico. When they’re offered the chance to go cage diving to see Great White sharks in the wild, Kate dives in with both feet while Lisa needs a little bit of cajoling. But she signs up and soon they’re two hours off the coast of Huatulco, face to fang with some of nature’s deadliest creatures. Bet you can’t guess what happens next. »

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New Promo For We Are Your Friends Drops

30 July 2015 8:51 AM, PDT

How do you make it in your chosen profession? Hard work? Grit? Stamina? Or, if you’re the subject of a movie, a lucky, chance meeting with someone influential? And what happens after that? Welcome, then, to the dilemma at the heart of We Are Your Friends, which has just dropped a new trailer. We Are Your Friends sees Zac Efron playing Cole Carter, a 23-year-old wannabe DJ who spends his days working manual labour and other jobs with his mates and plotting how they’re going to shape their future. Cole wants to find that one track that will set him on the road to success, but he’s still struggling. Then he meets James (Wes Bentley), a charismatic, talented but damaged older DJ who takes him under his wing. Soon his life is changing, but things start to get complicated when Cole falls for James’ girlfriend Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski »

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Empire's Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice Issue Is Here!

30 July 2015 3:07 AM, PDT

You've seen the exclusive stills, you've marvelled at the split covers, but have you seen the moving Instagram video heralding the new Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice issue of Empire hitting shelves, iPads and Android tablets today? Click play below to get a taste of what's in store.  Empire's #BatmanVSuperman issue is on sale... Now! Visit our website to order your copy today, or head to your local newsagents Asap.A video posted by Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) on Jul 30, 2015 at 2:31am PDTAt the heart of Empire's access-all-areas coverage this month is a trip to the heart of the Batman V Superman brain trust and a chance to meet the man piloting this superhero behemoth, Zack Snyder, as well as his stars, and get the scoop on the origins, development and execution of this unprecedented super-mash.But that's not all that you can look forward to in the new issue, »

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Tom Cruise Already Planning The Next Mission: Impossible

29 July 2015 6:47 PM, PDT

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is climbing, dashing, jumping and careening into our cinemas, but Tom Cruise already has his eyes on the next M:i prize. According to the man himself – who pulls double duty as star and producer on the franchise – he’s already planning the sixth instalment.“We’re starting to work on it now,” Cruise told Jon Stewart on Tuesday night’s The Daily Show. “We’ll probably start shooting it next summer.” It is, of course, far too early for any details; and besides, Paramount has made no announcement. But given the seemingly evergreen franchise's status, the glowing reviews for Rogue Nation and the studio’s desire to maintain the franchises it has, we’d been shocked if something wasn’t solidified the minute the new movie opens at the box office, especially if it’s a big hit. If tradition keeps up, the film will swap »

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Patrick Osborne To Direct Battling Boy

29 July 2015 5:08 PM, PDT

Reminding us that there are indie comics out there in the shadow of the Marvel/DC juggernaut, Paramount are preparing an adaptation of First Second Books' graphic novel Battling Boy, by Paul Pope. Patrick Osborne, an animator with credits on Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and Big Hero 6, will make his feature directing debut with the film.Pope's book revolves around the son of a god (essentially Thor) who comes down from the top of a mountain (essentially Asgard) to endure a coming-of-age ritual and rid the city of Acropolis of its giant monster infestation. Sadly for the city, its usual hero, the Batman-ish Haggard West (named after Adam?) has just died. But Battling Boy is determined to prove himself...Osborne directed the Oscar-winning short film Feast, which played in cinemas before Big Hero 6, so has clearly been working towards a feature gig for some time. Paramount too have been »

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Jake Gyllenhaal May Star In Stronger

29 July 2015 1:24 PM, PDT

Things are moving apace with Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger, which is looking to get out ahead of the various other dramas set around the tragic events of 2013. The producers now want Jake Gyllenhaal to star in the film.David Gordon Green came aboard to direct earlier this month, and will work from John Pollono’s script, itself adapted from survivor Jeff Bauman’s eponymous book, co-written with Bret Witter. Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line of the race when two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing three and injuring more than 260 others, including Bauman. He lost both his legs in the attack. The book chronicles his rebuilding his life through recovery and experiences being a key witness at the trial of surviving bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death in May after being found guilty on all charges. It’s the sort of role Gyllenhaal could really make work, »

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Adi Shankar Working On Gods And Secrets

29 July 2015 1:23 PM, PDT

Adi Shankar, the man who has produced the mainstream likes of Dredd and Lone Survivor, but is more likely to be found creating his own content with his Bootleg Universe shorts and series, has a new project in the works. He has Gods And Secrets on the way, with a cast that includes Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Denise Richards, Jane Seymour and wrestling legend "Diamond" Dallas Page.   Gods And Secrets is an indie production that dives deep into the world of superheroes and how their actions affect those around them. It’s designed to put a fresh spin on the comic book tropes and push the boundaries of what’s possible within the genre.Shankar is co-directing the instalments with Stewart Yost, working from a script by Shawn DeLoache, and the likes of Sharni Vinson, Alexandra Billings and Andy Milonakis are also among the cast. Gods And Secrets doesn’t however, »

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First Trailer For Tom McCarthy's Spotlight

29 July 2015 1:11 PM, PDT

It’s clearly been designated the day for news (and in particular trailers) for films about real-world events. Chilean mining drama The 33 already has a promo up and here comes the first look at Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, which looks at the Boston Globe’s controversial investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church. Check out the trailer at Apple’s site. McCarthy has assembled a stellar cast for this one, with Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Brian d'Arcy James among those playing reporters from the paper, who held their will against incredible opposition from church officials and lawyers through a year-long dig into some of the darkest secrets of Boston’s religious, legal and government establishment.The revelations would go on to inspire people to come out and share their stories around the world, and the initial story won the Spotlight team a Pulitzer for their work. »

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Johnny Depp Gets Serious In New Black Mass Poster

29 July 2015 10:01 AM, PDT

We've had a look at Johnny Depp's baldy visage in an early poster and a trailer for upcoming crime drama Black Mass. Now it's time for this Boston crim, hardly known for his collaborative spirit, to share the limelight with a few of his fellow characters. In a movie in which little will be black and white, there's some serious shades of grey among this lot.With Out Of The Furnace’s Scott Cooper directing, Black Mass tells the story of Bulger, who masterminded a violent gang in Boston while also reportedly turning federal informant to take down rivals. It seemed to be working out well – particularly with corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) helping to smooth things – but when the Bureau began making arrests, agents double-crossed Bulger and prosecuted him. Bulger fled in 1994, was captured in 2011 in California and has since been sentenced to two consecutive life »

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First Image Of Jamie Dornan And Cillian Murphy In Anthropoid

29 July 2015 9:38 AM, PDT

After first hearing about it in March, we now have the initial look at Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy in director Sean Ellis’s World War II thriller Anthropoid. Ellis wrote the script with Anthony Frewin and is directing the real-life story about the attempted assassination of a prominent Nazi official. The title refers to the codename for the Allied operation to take down Reinhard Heydrich, the high-ranking SS officer who helped oversee the Holocaust. Seen as the number three Nazi – behind Hitler and Himmler – he was naturally a target for assassination. The men chosen for the task were Czechoslovakian army soldiers in exile (Dornan and Murphy), recruited and trained by British forces to parachute into their homeland and target the man known as The Butcher Of Prague. Already aboard alongside the leading pair are Charlotte Le Bon and Anna Geislerová, with the cast swelling before production began to include Toby Jones, »

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New Trailer For Animated Virtual Reality Short Henry

29 July 2015 9:35 AM, PDT

If Virtual Reality – long the frustrated bridesmaid of how we experience movies, TV and other media – is ever to realise its full potential, it has to evolve and adapt, and most importantly, reach the public on a much wider scale than it has before. The Oculus team, which is looking to bring Vr headsets to the world, has decided to push into another frontier: storytelling using the technology. To that end, they've developed and made a short film called Henry. You can catch the trailer below. Henry is the second short to come from Oculus' Story Studio, and is designed to push the boundaries for Vr films. Directed by Pixar veteran Ramiro Lopez Dau, it’s the story of a hedgehog spurned by everyone around him because of his painful habit of trying to hug everyone. He makes a birthday wish for some friends and... Well, that would be spoiling it. »

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