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Neil Gaiman Wants Tom Hiddleston For Sandman

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After years of wallowing in believed-unfilmable development hell, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman appears to be creeping closer to actually hitting screens in the hands of David S. Goyer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and The FadesJack Thorne. But just who should play the iconic central figure, Morpheus? According to Gaiman, Tom Hiddleston could be a good shout.While the author – who is also a producer on the film – seriously considered Benedict “ubiquitous” Cumberbatch, the actor is a little busy conquering every genre role under the sun, including Marvel’s Doctor Strange. "It's a funny thing with Morpheus, says Gaiman. “Again, it's that thing where you look around and think, 'Yes this person would be a fantastic person', and then time passes. "There was a time Johnny Depp would've been a great Morpheus, but now he's too old and it's fine. I think the first time I saw Benedict was as Sherlock Holmes, »


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Exclusive Teaser Trailer For It Follows

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By Christmas, most of the finest cuts from the summer’s Cannes line-up will have landed on our screens. Not this year. David Robert Mitchell’s acclaimed It Follows doesn’t reach us until February, arriving with a tonne of critical acclaim from those lucky enough to have seen it on the Croisette. UK distribution house Icon was among them, and had little hesitation bringing the film to our shores. Empire is delighted to share a first teaser from the film right here but be warned, there’s something lurking in the woods... The plot sees The Guest’s scream queen Maika Monroe back in peril as Jay, a 19 year-old who suspects – no, knows – that something malevolent is following her. She and her friends team up to get to the bottom of the threat, only to find themselves mired deeper and deeper in something far beyond their control.That air »


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First Clip From Absolutely Anything

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If you’d been wondering what it would look like if Simon Pegg talked to a dog – no, not Colin from Spaced – and the dog talked back... Now is your chance. The first clip from Terry Jones’ new comedy Absolutely Anything has arrived online.With Jones behind the camera, working from the script he wrote with Gavin Scott, Absolutely Anything finds Pegg as Neil, a secondary school teacher who is the very definition of the everyman.But when a group of aliens voiced by Jones alongside old Python pals John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin decide that it would be a lark to hand him amazing powers, Neil’s life begins to change – not always for the better. And, as you see from the clip, he ends up having his loyal pooch Dennis start talking. Dennis is voiced in the film by the late great Robin Williams, »


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Orlando Bloom Returning To Pirates Of The Caribbean?

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Last we saw of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, it was streamlining itself after the unwieldy original trilogy and heading into standalone waters for 2011's On Stranger Tides. Only Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush's Barbossa remained from the earlier instalments, making Ost a reboot of sorts. But that may change for the developing fifth movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales. Orlando Bloom has revealed that there are discussions underway about him returning to the series."I'm not entirely sure that [I'll be back] just yet," Bloom told IGN while on the publicity trail for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, "but there are talks. Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son."[Spoilers for Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End follow.]"I’m, of course, Davy Jones now," he continues, "so I’m down at the bottom of the ocean. It »


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Adrian Noble Plans Danny La Rue Biopic

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He might not have held on to household name status the way, say, Morecambe and Wise have, but Danny La Rue is still respected for his long entertainment career. Adrian Noble is now planning a biopic of the man, who died in 2009.Martyn Hesford has written the script for the film, which will chart La Rue’s life and career, particularly his years as a female impersonator and comic across several decades.“What drew me to the project was Martyn’s brilliant and funny screenplay which tells two unexpected love stories in an unexpected way,” Noble tells Screen International. “Over the course of his life Danny stood at the fulcrum of a changing British society and his story is filled with potent images where a man could dress as a woman and rub shoulders with royalty and gangsters alike.”The big challenge, of course, will be finding someone who can »


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Second Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Trailer

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We’d say this new trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is following hot on the heels of the first promo. But that was a couple of months ago, and given the style and feel of both the original film and this new one, the latest look at the sequel has more gently ambled along.Continuing the theme of old meets new and elderly British types seeking the sun, we have Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) looking to open a chain of Best Exotic Marigold Hotels across India. He gathers the funds for at least one, and the likes of stalwart resident Muriel (Maggie Smith) plus old pals Douglas (Bill Nighy), Evelyn (Judi Dench), Madge (Celia Imrie) and Jean (Penelope Wilton) are back to help celebrate.New this time is Richard Gere, who causes much romantic consternation among the ladies... With John Madden back directing and Ol Parker once again on scripting duties, »


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The Big Lebowski Among Those Selected For The National Film Registry

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As we rush towards Christmas, the speed of news from Hollywood and beyond begins to slow. But there are some traditions that still happen around this time of year, and one of them is the list of films submitted for preservation by America’s National Film Registry. Amongst them this year? The Big Lebowski, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Rio Bravo.Steven Spielberg sees a fifth film – Saving Private Ryan – admitted this year, while horror thrillers House Of Wax and Rosemary’s Baby have both scared up a place in the Library of Congress.Also this year, Luxor Jr., which helped usher in Pixar, has made the cut, alongside 1917’s silent-era short Unmasked. Preston SturgesThe Power And The Glory won a place with State Fair, Ruggles Of Red Gap, Down Argentine Way, 1919’s The Dragon Painter, Felicia from 1965, The Gang’s All Here (1943), the affective Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport »


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Tom Hanks Squares The Circle

21 hours ago

Tom Hanks clearly has a thing for working on films adapted from Dave Eggers’ books – he’s already part of Tom Tykwer’s upcoming A Hologram For The King. And the actor/producer is now teaming up with The Spectacular Now writer James Ponsoldt for another Eggers tome, The Circle.In a somewhat topical tale, The Circle follows a young woman hired to work for the titular internet megacorp. The idea behind the company is uniting users email, social media, banking and online shopping in its universal operating system as one identity, with this leading to a new age of transparency and civility. But of course, it’s not that simple – and the story becomes a thriller that exploits the dangers of a digital life where all personal data is collected and pervasive surveillance means that privacy is a thing of the past.Ponsoldt, who also wrote and directed Smashed, »


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Pixels Posters Strike The Planet

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You have to feel for the big, iconic cities of the world. If they’re not being lashed by crummy weather, they’re being targeted by alien invaders and other cinematic catastrophes. With Pixels, giant versions of video-game enemies are attacking locales such as London, Paris and San Francisco. Yes, the likes of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower and the Houses of Parliament are once more being assaulted, this time by Pac-Man, Centipede and Space Invaders. It’s all in service of Adam Sandler’s new action-comedy, which finds extra-terrestrials misreading video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war. They decide to attack us using versions of ships and other icons from games and mankind has to fight back. To help out, the Us president (Kevin James) recruits his childhood friend and former video-game champ (Sandler) to lead a group of old-school arcade players.Peter Dinklage, »


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The Hobbit The Battle Of The Five Armies Podcast Spoiler Special #2

16 December 2014 4:02 PM, PST

Like The Hobbit itself, Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies spoiler special podcast has been divided into multiple parts.The first spoiler special, featuring a 30 minute interview with co-writer and co-producer Philippa Boyens, is already up over here, while this one is a little different: close to an hour with the podcast team waffling on about the film itself in spoilerific detail, capped off with a little bit of Thorin Oakenshield chat from Richard Armitage. If you've watched the film, you know what to do (hint: it's click play).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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New Clip From The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death Arrives

16 December 2014 8:40 AM, PST

The Woman In Black was based on a bestselling novel that had been turned into a sell-out West End play before it reached our screens. After all that exposure, audiences might have had an inkling of what to expect (some mighty frights, an icy apparition, a trip to the cardiologist the next day) and when to expect it. But Hammer’s sequel, The Woman In Black: Angel of Death, comes with no such preamble (although it does have a Martyn Waites-penned novel) and little warning of what’s in store. Scary and unsettling are the watchwords, as this new clip from the film portends. brightcove.createExperiences();All that said, there is plenty of shared DNA between the two films. James Watkins has been succeeded by fellow Brit Tom Harper in the director’s chair, but novelist Susan Hill again brought her imagination to bear helping screenwriter Jon Croker devise the story. »


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Exclusive Poster For Teen Movies Doc Beyond Clueless

16 December 2014 5:01 AM, PST

Guardian contributor, Ultracultist and now debut filmmaker, Charlie Lyne has made a documentary about teen movies' subtext, no less, and here is an exclusive poster to prove it. Its name? Beyond Clueless. Because of Clueless, you see? Oh, forget it.The trailer below should give you a decent sense of the tone of the piece, which is less talking-heads-talking-about-the-making-of-the-films and more could-Cruel-Intentions-3-be-about-something-more-than-making-a-quick-buck?, all narrated by The Waterboy's Fairuza Balk.Beyond Clueless is out in UK cinemas on January 23, so be sure to check it out for in-depth analysis on the magical art of getting a girl to take off her glasses to reveal that she is somehow more attractive because of it it, as well as an explanation as to why everyone drinks from those red cups at house parties, no matter what. »


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Hugh Jackman In Talks For X-Men: Apocalypse

16 December 2014 12:53 AM, PST

With X-Men: Apocalypse once more focusing on the First Class X-Men rather than the original crew, there were questions in some quarters about whether Hugh Jackman's Wolverine would make an appearance. Those questions have not yet been definitively answered, but Jackman has just revealed that talks are certainly underway regarding his appearance or otherwise in the next instalment."There's still a lot unknown about that, actually," he told Josh Horowitz on The Happy Sad Podcast. "I have been speaking to the guys and I'm not at liberty to say exactly what's going on, [but] there are some very exciting things about integrating the whole X-Men world, including the Wolverine movie. There are some really cool things going on."The last time we saw Logan in X-Men: Days Of Future Past (spoilerphobes look away now) he had woken up in a future timeline where everything was okay again. But the other younger Wolverine, »


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New Star Trek 3 Directors Shortlist

16 December 2014 12:52 AM, PST

With series writer Roberto Orci vacating the director's chair of Star Trek 3 we've seen a rumour about Edgar Wright stepping up and some optimistic noises from Jonathan Frakes, who volunteered to throw his hat into the ring. Deadline, however, believe they've unearthed Paramount's true current directors shortlist for the as-yet untitled film. The names they've jotted down are Rupert Wyatt, Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa, Justin Lin and Duncan Jones (Wright and Frakes are conspicuous by their absence).Jones has already counted himself out. Sounding somewhat shellshocked from his massive Warcraft experience, he tweeted: "Very flattering being on shortlist for Star Trek, but won't be doing it. Absolutely Must make my own thing next or I'll die of old age."Very flattering being on short list for Star Trek, but won't be doing it. Absolutely Must make my own thing next, or I'll die of old age!— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon »


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J.K. Simmons On For Kong: Skull Island

15 December 2014 6:46 PM, PST

We’ve gotten used, in recent years, to the softer, more charming side of J.K. Simmons. Still, Whiplash, which arrives here early next year, promises to shatter that once more. So all we can say upon news of his casting in Kong: Skull Island is we fear for Tom Hiddleston. And the ape.There’s no word on exactly what he’ll be doing in the film, which just got that slightly altered name and a release date shift to 2017. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing the adventure film, working from the script that has seen input from Godzilla’s Max Borenstein and Flight/Need For Speed’s John Gatins.Hiddleston will be one of a party that's heading to explore the mysterious Skull Island, home to the world’s most famous giant primate, with adventures lurking on its mist-shrouded shores. Expect the movie sometime in March 2017.As for Simmons, he’s »


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First Trailer For Knight Of Cups

15 December 2014 6:33 PM, PST

We’ve been waiting some time for Terrence Malick’s latest, Knight Of Cups, but compared to the pauses he used to take between films, a couple of years between To The Wonder and now is the blink of an eye. The trailer has now arrived for you to peruse and unpick. It’s very identifiable as a Malick piece: some stark, startling imagery, ruminations on Big Themes and actors being put through their paces. Here, our focus is Christian Bale, a man navigating through the gloss, glamour and gonzo world of Hollywood, but also experiencing its pitfalls.And the synopsis is typically obscure: Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about »


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The Bfg Finds Its Sophie

15 December 2014 4:03 PM, PST

Mark Rylance has been at home in the role of the titular Big Friendly Giant since October, and now Steven Spielberg's much anticipated Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg has finally found its Sophie. A statement from dreamworks reveals that newcomer Ruby Barnhill will be making her big screen debut in perhaps the biggest way imaginable.Ten-year-old Ruby comes from Cheshire where she's active in youth theatre, and will shortly be seen in the BBC's The Four O'Clock Club. “I feel incredibly lucky and I’m so happy,” she says. “Sophie gets to go on this wonderful adventure and I’m so excited that I get to play her.”“After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvellous as we do,” says Spielberg. “We have discovered a wonderful Sophie.”Luke Kelly, managing director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl's grandson, »


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New Version Of The Craft In Development?

15 December 2014 4:02 PM, PST

Here's an intriguing one. A reader at Dread Central who partakes in online surveys has revealed that he was recently asked about his interest in a reboot of the 1996 teen horror The Craft. The origin of the question itself is unclear, and there might be any number of reasons for a market research company to ask it. But it also seems an oddly specific enquiry if some sort of new version isn't in development somewhere.Columbia Pictures' The Craft, should you have missed it 18 years ago, revolved around a quartet of teenage girls (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney and Rachel True) dabbling with witchcraft and predictably getting in over their heads. It was not at all bad, and could feasibly have spawned sequels at the time, had not the TV series Charmed come along a couple of years later to somewhat steal its thunder. Charmed's opening credits theme, »


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New International Cinderella Trailer Online

15 December 2014 4:01 PM, PST

What's Christmas without Cinderella? With that festive notion in mind, Disney has released a new extended trailer for Kenneth Branagh's take on the famous fairy tale. Pay attention to this Belgian version and you'll spot some footage we haven't seen in previous promos.Branagh’s take on the classic tale looks to be holding to the traditional story. Young Ella (Lilly James) sees her merchant father remarry following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drizella (Sophie McShera) into the family home.She’s then turned into a domestic servant (families, eh?), meets a charming royal bloke (Richard Madden), falls in lurve, scores a chance to go to the ball he’s throwing via the Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter), has a glass slipper wardrobe malfunction and... Well, »


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David Oyelowo Heads For Americanah

15 December 2014 4:01 PM, PST

He may have had only a brief moment in Interstellar, but David Oyelowo has drawn both praise and a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in the upcoming Selma. He’s now set to star alongside an awards veteran, 12 Years A Slave's Lupita Nyong’o, in indie drama Americanah.Adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel, Americanah is the story of Ifemelu, her early life in Nigeria, her expatriate experience working in America, and her later return to her home country. It's also a love story between Ifemelu and Obinze (Oyelowo), who she leaves behind in Nigeria while she embarks on her odyssey through American class politics.Adichie's most recent book (following the bestsellers Purple Hibiscus, That Thing Around Your Neck and Half Of A Yellow Sun), Americanah was listed as one of the New York Times' ten best books of 2013, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, »


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