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Natalie Dormer Finds New Thriller In Darkness

29 October 2015 11:13 AM, PDT

Usually to be found trying to finagle her way into power on Game Of Thrones, Natalie Dormer is working on something different for her next film, In Darkness.She’s co-written the script alongside Thrones veteran Ed Skrein, Stacy Martin and Anthony Byrne, who will start calling the shots early next year. Dormer is set to star as a blind musician who hears what she believes is a violent murder in the flat above her. When she investigates, she’s drawn into London’s seedy underbelly, and encounters violence and danger.But is there more to her than first might appear? According to Variety’s report, she’ll have her own agenda. While they’re not mentioned in the cast, we’d expect Skrein and Martin to also have roles in the film, which will start looking for distribution deals at the American Film Market next week.Dormer has The Hunger Games »

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New Look At Suicide Squad's Killer Croc

29 October 2015 2:00 AM, PDT

World meet the Suicide Squad, Suicide Squad meet... okay, never mind. Empire’s December issue debuts some of the most twisted, antisocial bunch of psychopaths we've ever run into - to paraphrase Ralph Meeker in The Dirty Dozen - and the squad’s ensemble of gnarly crims have now been unleashed over a series of spectacular new covers. Here are some exclusive stills from the film to fill in some gaps, including, to kick off, a closer look at the villain of a piece that’s hardly short of villainous types to chose from.Amanda Waller – played, of course, by Angela Bassett in Green Lantern and Cynthia Addai-Robinson in Arrow – is given menacing new life in Suicide Squad by double-Oscar nominee Viola Davis. Waller is, officially at least, the government apparatchik who'll be giving out the squad’s orders. Of course, it’s more complicated than that. As this exclusive on-set image hints, »

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Empire Issue Preview: The Revenant, The Hunger Games and Oscars 2016

29 October 2015 1:42 AM, PDT

This month's new issue sees Empire braving the spaces between Arkham Asylum's walls to get up close and personal with the supervillains from David Ayer's hotly-anticipated Suicide Squad. From Jared Leto's Joker to Will Smith's Deadshot, our on-set world exclusive reveals all you need to know about DC's crack skwad. You just have to make the gruelling decision whether to choose the Deadshot, Joker, Harley Quinn or Enchantress cover...But there is far more to feast on than just the grime of Gotham. Having won the Best Director Oscar earlier this year for Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu looks primed to head into the 2016 bidding battlefield with Di Caprio-starring survival tale The Revenant. Joining him in our Oscar interview madness are Bryan Cranston, Eddie Redmayne, Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan to name a mere few. Oh, and a young up-and-coming actor called Johnny Depp. Anyone?As well as the latest news and reviews, »

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Kristen Stewart And Chloe Sevigny Circling Lizzie Borden Biopic

28 October 2015 5:14 PM, PDT

Played just this year and last in a pair of campy Christina Ricci movies for the Lifetime Channel, famous axe murderer Lizzie Borden is also heading to the cinema screen in yet another project. Belgian director Pieter Van Hees (Waste Land) will direct an as-yet-untitled psychological thriller based on Borden's sordid story, with Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart both in line to star."Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks," goes the rhyme. "When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41."Borden was actually acquitted of the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts, but she remains the prime suspect for Bordenologists who continue to study the case. Other potential perps that have been suggested include the Bordens' live-in maid Bridget Sullivan, Lizzie's sister Emma, her illegitimate half-brother William, and her uncle John Morse.In the new film, Sevigny will take the role of Lizzie, »

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Allison Janney Joins The Girl On The Train

28 October 2015 5:09 PM, PDT

Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Jared Leto and Justin Theroux are already all aboard, but The Girl On The Train is still accepting more passengers. Allison Janney is the latest to join the ensemble cast for Tate Taylor's adaptation of Paula Hawkins' bestseller. Erin Cressida Wilson wrote the screenplay from the much buzzed-about book, which drew comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl for its narrative. We’ll caution that even the basic synopsis might be considered a spoiler, but read on if you wish… The story follows a recently divorced woman called Rachel (Blunt) struggling with her life and sinking into alcoholism to try to cope. She spies a seemingly perfect couple from her London train ride every day and starts to fantasise about their lives. But things take a turn when she sees something shocking…Janney will play a police detective, continuing a working relationship »

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New Trailer For The Night Before

28 October 2015 1:03 PM, PDT

It’s nearly November, so you’re in a Christmas mood, right? Even if not, you might be prepared to see the new – ish, there’s not a load of fresh footage – promo for Seth Rogen’s new seasonal comedy. But regardless, the latest trailer for The Night Before is online.This one hails from the 50/50 team that also includes director Jonathan Levine and co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and this new comedy adds Anthony Mackie for the story of three dudes who have a long-standing Christmas Eve tradition. The trio have headed out for the past 14 years on the night before Christmas for some drinking, dining and general debauchery. But now they’re realising that things have changed – Mackie’s Chris has become famous and is recognised wherever they go, while Rogen’s Isaac is about to have a baby with wife Jillian Bell. So they decide to have one last night to remember, »

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Oldboy's Pom Klementieff Cast In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

28 October 2015 1:02 PM, PDT

Writer/director James Gunn is in Atlanta preparing to start shooting the next Guardians Of The Galaxy. While we might expect to learn a lot of casting information from him via Facebook, the first piece has actually broken before he had the chance, with news that Pom Klementieff has been cast in a mystery role in Vol. 2. In true Marvel fashion, nothing has been released about the part, other than it called for an Asian actress and required a wide search and several auditions. Klementieff, usually found in French films, but who made her English-language debut messing with Josh Brolin’s mind in Spike Lee’s version of Oldboy, is now joining the Thanos man in the Guardians universe.Gunn is working further on the script and setting up to shoot the Guardians sequel in February, with main cast Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and voice performers Vin Diesel »

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Ash Vs. Evil Dead Scores A Second Season

28 October 2015 1:01 PM, PDT

As Ash himself might say, “Groovy.” Mere days before it's set to premiere in the United States and a few other countries, Evil Dead TV series Ash Vs. Evil Dead has been renewed for a second season by American cable channel Starz.It’s a big vote of confidence for the show, which has been getting plenty of buzz, not least for the fact that it brings full-power, old-school Evil Dead back to our screens. And it’ll be welcome news for Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Rob Tapert and the team who told Empire at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that they had big plans for several seasons stewing in their brains. This also means Raimi could be getting a phone call from one of his family members thanks to fan demand that regular comedy stooge (and brother) Ted should show up…  “I heard the call loud »

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Peter Sarsgaard To Play Robert Kennedy In Jackie

28 October 2015 1:00 PM, PDT

We learned back in May of this year that Natalie Portman would be playing Jackie Kennedy in Jackie. Now we also know that Peter Sarsgaard is joining the film as Robert Kennedy.Jackie chronicles the four days in Kennedy’s life after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. She’s dealing with losing the love of her life while a nation rallies around her in a time of tragedy.Darren Aronofsky had been developing the project to star then-partner Rachel Weisz back in 2010, but it fell into limbo when they split. Portman was mooted as the new Jackie in 2012, but it has taken a few years to come together. Aronofsky remains on board as producer, with No director Pablo Larraín now calling the shots. While the cast is still not quite together and a domestic distributor remains to be found, Larrain should be starting »

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Exclusive: First Look At Will Smith.s Suicide Squad Cover

28 October 2015 9:09 AM, PDT

Deadshot is the new American Sniper. Kinda. Will Smith’s troubled assassin is a marksman whose deadly aim is put into the service of Suicide Squad in David Ayer’s new comic-book movie, but a jutting-jawed patriot this guy emphatically isn’t. Here, on Empire’s fourth and final newsstand cover, is the man himself in full combat regalia and boasting enough ammo to fill even John Woo’s bullet drawer.“On Bad Boys I trained in Miami with special-ops guys, but this is a whole other level,” laughs Smith of the training process. He hints at a complex dynamic with Quinn and the Joker along the way. “Deadshot’s actually eyeballing [Harley] a little bit. There’s a pretty ragged romantic triangle there.”Deadshot, Aka Floyd Lawton, is Suicide Squad's walking arsenal. He brings the firepower to a crew that also includes Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje »

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Exclusive: Margot Robbie.s Harley Quinn Makes Her Bow

28 October 2015 8:37 AM, PDT

If you thought the Watchmen were messed up, get a load of Suicide Squad. Leading off Empire's rogues gallery of new covers was Jared Leto’s wild card, not a member of the squad but still the beating heartlessness at the core of David Ayer’s comic-book adaptation, and Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress. Now comes Margot Robbie's post-transformation Harley Quinn, the third newsstand star to adorn the new Suicide Squad issue.A mischief-making case-study in how not to conduct therapy sessions, not only will she not improve the Joker’s mental equilibrium, her own psychological health will be sent spinning along the way. Along with her work attire. “When I got the role I started looking up Harley costumes online, with my mum sitting next to me,” Robbie tells Empire. “She was like, ‘My daughter is going to dress like a prostitute!' There are a lot of angry mothers out there! »

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Rihanna Joins Luc Besson's Valerian

28 October 2015 7:10 AM, PDT

Once a stalwart of soundtracks Rihanna has been making inroads into acting in the last few years with movies such as Battleship and DreamWorks Animation’s Home. She’s now landed her biggest role yet, joining the cast of Luc Besson’s ambitious new sci-fi tale, Valerian.  Rihanna is in Valerian!!!!! ....and she has a big part!! I'm Sooo excited!!! »

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Michelle Rodriguez Starring In Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale

28 October 2015 7:09 AM, PDT

Walter Hill is tackling gender reassignment themes in his next film, albeit in the guise of an action thriller. Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver are on board to star in Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale. Hill has written the script based on a story by Denis Hamill, which sees a top assassin double-crossed by gangsters and handed over to a rogue surgeon (Weaver) who turns him into a woman. Now a hit woman, she heads out for some vengeance, aided by a nursed named Johnnie who also has secrets. It’ll be an interesting role for Rodriguez to tackle and a welcome leading performance give how often she’s been in ensembles recently. She’s taking over the job from Freida Pinto, who was attached a couple of months ago before the film made its initial rounds at the Toronto Film Festival’s market. Hill will start rolling the cameras next month in Vancouver. »

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Exclusive New Look At Leonardo DiCaprio In The Revenant

28 October 2015 7:08 AM, PDT

If Hollywood scuttlebutt is to believed, The Revenant’s wintry shoot was an anguished time littered with the souls of the damned, where the crew members looked like Jack Torrance at the end of The Shining and even the on-set snowmen were chain-smoking. “Hellish” is a word that’s often associated with those snowbound months. But as Apocalypse Now and Fitzcarraldo prove, from even the most arduous and remote shoots can come majestic movies. Judging by all we’ve seen so far – including this beautiful, widescreen new still from the film - Alejandro González Iñárritu’s survival epic has every chance of joining them in the canon of greats.Making great art can require big sacrifices, and as Empire discovers in the new issue, Iñárritu demanded plenty of his cast and crew along the way. “It was an extremely challenging shoot,” he tells us in the warmer climes of his Santa Monica offices. »

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First Trailer For Don Verdean Unearthed

28 October 2015 1:30 AM, PDT

With his Masterminds currently in release limbo due to the bankruptcy at Relativity, the next film we'll see from Napoleaon Dynamite director Jared Hess will be Don Verdean. Sam Rockwell, Danny McBride, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement and Will Forte star, and the first trailer has just arrived.As you'll have gathered from that, the film sees Rockwell's Biblical archaeologist Don and his sidekick Boaz (Clement) hired by McBride to find the skull of Goliath in Israel. But when Don comes up short, his failure fuels a farcical conspiracy. Sometimes "untruths are necessary for the greater good".Don Verdean premiered at Sundance at the start of this year, and gets a lmited Us theatrical release and an online rollout courtesy of Lionsgate on December 11. There's no UK release date so far. »

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M. Night Shyamalan To Tackle Split With James McAvoy

28 October 2015 12:19 AM, PDT

Recently enjoying his best reviews for years with his low-budget horror The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan is sticking with producer Jason Blum for his next movie. Until recently going by the unwieldy moniker Untitled Blumhouse Production, the project now has a title. It's called Split.As previously reported as an aside in a story about The Keeping Hours, Split will star James McAvoy. We now learn that the once and future Professor X will be joined by Anya Taylor Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson. Nothing's yet being revealed about the plot, although we're told it's " a suspense thriller with elements of the supernatural".Behind the scenes, Shyamalan will be reteaming with several The Visit alumni, including Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider. All will be hoping to repeat The Visit's box office success: $90m worldwide from a budget of just $5m. »

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Alice Lowe Prepares For Prevenge

27 October 2015 11:42 PM, PDT

Most recently seen in the Inside No. 9 episode Seance Time, Alice Lowe will next be making her feature-length debut as a director. She's also written and will star in Prevenge, a "post-feminist revenge movie" set to shoot imminently in Cardiff and London.Not much has yet been revealed about the story, other than that it revolves around a pregnant woman on a killing spree, "targeting individuals from different walks of life". Her motivation only becomes clear as the movie progresses.Herself currently seven-and-a-half months pregnant, Lowe says the film was inspired by “my real experience. People automatically assume you’re a lovely person because you’re pregnant... I wanted to write something which defied that image of the pregnant woman as this safe, sweet, kind person… I felt like motherhood is a crazy, interesting experience and it’s rarely seen on screen. Pregnancy could be a very alien, existential »

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Exclusive: Jared Leto Talks Suicide Squad.s The Joker

27 October 2015 10:15 AM, PDT

Glimpsed on Instagram, teaser in the trailer and much discussed online, Suicide Squad's Joker has remained tantalising unknowable - up to now. The new issue of Empire pokes through the bars of Arkham Asylum and lays bare the nuts and bolts of Jared Leto’s wild-eyed reimagining of DC’s supervillain. Nuts, of course, being the operative word for this character. "There was definitely a period of… detachment,” the actor tells us of his immersion in Suicide Squad’s wild-eyed outsider. "I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn't imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing those psychological games.” When quizzed on exactly how arduous that process was, Leto unleashes an allusion you’re unlikely to hear from, say, Tom Hanks anytime soon. “It was painful, like giving birth out of my prick-hole.” Ouch. The role of the Joker in David Ayer’s vivid, »

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Exclusive: Cara Delevingne Talks Suicide Squad

27 October 2015 9:34 AM, PDT

Of all the characters in Suicide Squad, the one most shrouded in mystery is Enchantress. We know she's played by Cara Delevingne. We know she's immensely powerful. But we've not had a proper look at her in all her unearthly glory — until now. One of the covers for the new issue of Empire features the grungy but alluring entity known in some vintage comic-book issues as "The Switcheroo Witcheroo".  And inside is an exclusive interview with Delevingne, who spoke to us on-set while clad in her elaborate costume. "She's an ancient sorceress," says the star. "A feral being. She's been trapped for so long and now she's finally let out." The hapless human whom Enchantress takes over is June Moone, who finds more than she bargained for while exploring a creepy cave. "June is an adventure-seeker who's always wanted some excitement. And she gets what she wished for, in a terrible way. »

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Justin Theroux In Talks For The Girl On The Train

27 October 2015 9:33 AM, PDT

Steel yourself, Chris Evans fans! He won’t be part of Tate Taylor’s new thriller The Girl On The Train. In related info-dumping: good news, Justin Theroux fans! It’s looking like he will be in the film instead.Erin Cressida Wilson adapted the script from Paula Hawkins’ much buzzed-about book, which drew comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl for its narrative. We’ll caution that even the basic synopsis might be considered a spoiler, but read on if you wish… The story follows a recently divorced woman called Rachel (Emily Blunt) struggling with her life and sinking into alcoholism to try to cope. She spies a seemingly perfect couple from her London train ride every day and starts to fantasise about their lives. But things take a turn when she sees something shocking…We won’t say which role Theroux is looking to score, as it in »

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