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First Photos Of Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Oliver Stone's Snowden

7 hours ago

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Savages might have put a bit of a dent in Oliver Stone's trustability ratings, but it's hard not to feel the buzz around his upcoming project, Snowden, which has just started shooting. To celebrate the start of proceedings, the film's marketing folk have released these two images of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a Us Army reserve by the name of Edward Snowden.Yes, Oliver Stone is getting political, gathering together Nic Cage, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Shailene Woodley, Timothy Olyphant and Joely Richardson (as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to create his based-on-truth drama about the infamous Nsa whistleblower. Stone bought up two prime sources for his film: Time Of The Octopus, a novel by Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, giving him access to the story of the whistleblower who reluctantly sought asylum in Russia and had to wait to »


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Drew Goddard Circling The Spider-Man Reboot

15 hours ago

A new Spider-Man filmmaking team is now required with a changing of the guard that has seen Marvel taking an active interest in the character's future development and Sony returning to the drawing board, with an approach that hopefully won't involve yet another origin story. Drew Goddard, who was already involved in developing the Spider-universe for the studio, is now talking to his bosses about handling the new film, which is due in 2017.In a development initially broken by the Latino Review (which includes the potentially intriguing element – as yet completely unconfirmed – that Spidey’s first new film might see him going up against Iron Man as an audition to join the Avengers), Goddard will be meeting with Sony brass and Marvel head Kevin Feige to discuss writing and directing the new movie.Goddard, of course, has been busy developing the villain team-up outing Sinister Six. It seems the gathering »


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Jennifer Lawrence Says It's What I Do

20 hours ago

A film project with a compelling subject matter – the life experiences of a war photographer – that boasts Jennifer Lawrence is something that in itself would provoke plenty of interest from studios. Add that Steven Spielberg wants to direct it, and you can picture executives falling over each other to throw money at the idea. Such is the case for the adaptation of It’s What I Do. Warner Bros. has won the package deal for the film, which will be adapted from Lynsey Addario’s tome, subtitled 'A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War'. It will feature Addario’s impressive blend of personal and professional lives as she visits some of the most dangerous places on the planet in search of truth through pictures.After she did the rounds of various companies, the likes of Working Title, The Weinstein Company, Darren Aronofsky and actress Margot Robbie all tried »


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Idris Elba Heads To Netflix For Beasts Of No Nation

21 hours ago

Netflix’s pedal-to-the-metal drive for fresh programming and movies continues apace. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming network is in final talks to pick up the global rights to Idris Elba-starring drama Beasts Of No Nation in a $12 million deal.Adapted from Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 novel, Beasts Of No Nation breaks down the dehumanising of child soldiers through the eyes of a young boy called Agu. Elba is playing the West African warlord who cajoles, manipulates and mentors the child into bearing arms on his behalf. Director Cary Fukunaga, whose Sin Nombre was an impressive calling card for unsparing social drama, has been behind the camera on this one, with Elba lending his skills as a producer. Anyone following Netflix’s drive for global domination will know that theatrical distribution is a barrier the service is still feeling its way around. With aspirations to get its feature films into cinemas day-and-date, »


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Ethan Hawke Rides In For The Magnificent Seven

22 hours ago

Although the new version of The Magnificent Seven was feeling more like an Equalizer reunion, with Antoine Fuqua directing, Denzel Washington starring and one of the film’s co-stars, Haley Bennett, aboard, we now have a Training Day trifecta instead. Ethan Hawke has signed on to share the screen with his old sparring partner Washington.Chris Pratt is also set for the film, which will once more see a small town – in this case built around a gold mine –threatened by a ruthless baron and his gang of thugs. When they kill several people in their attempt to take the place over, a young widow (Bennett) hires a bounty hunter (Washington) to dispatch the bad guys, supplying him with the necessary funds to hire six gunmen to help him in his mission. Which is where Pratt and others come into play. John Lee Hancock and True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto »


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Latest Red Band Trailer For Get Hard

22 hours ago

There’s always a worry that comedies are a little quick to lay out all their best jokes in the barrage of trailers that precede their arrival in cinemas, and yet we hope against all reason that the eventual movie will contain plenty of fresh laugh-worthy material. We’re reserving judgment on Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart’s new one, Get Hard, which has another Red Band – and therefore technically Nsfw – promo out in the world.  Get Hard finds Ferrell in full-on bumbler mode as James King, a millionaire hedge fund manager living a seemingly perfect life – big house, flashy gadgets and a beautiful wife (Alison Brie). But then he’s nailed by the Feds for fraud and sentenced to ten years in San Quentin maximum-security prison. Offered 30 days to get his affairs in order, King turns to Darnell Lewis (Hart) to prepare him for the thug life behind bars. »


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Jamie Dornan Heads To Anthropoid

22 hours ago

Anthropoid sounds like it should be a B-movie horror thriller with a giant, human-like, yet mutated monster roaring towards the camera. Instead, it’s a World War II thriller set to star Jamie Dornan and Cillian MurphySean Ellis wrote the script with Anthony Frewin and will direct 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, recruited and trained by British forces to parachute into their homeland and target the man known as The Butcher Of Prague. “I feel incredibly proud to bring the story of Anthropoid to the big screen,” says Ellis. »


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First Proper Look At Daredevil's Kingpin

23 hours ago

You might have read our Daredevil set visit in the latest Empire, which features a prominent picture of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, Aka The Kingpin. At least, it has the back of his head: Fisk is a sneaky one, despite his size. Now Marvel has released the first clear look at the man that Charlie Cox’s Man Without Fear will have to contend with in the new Netflix series. Fisk, as in the comics, is a businessman on a mission. And while that might be to clean up the broken, corrupt and crime-ridden streets of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, how he goes about it is what brings him into contact, and conflict, with our blind superhero. A savvy, smart operator who rules the local organised crime with an iron fist, he’s also likely to manipulate opinion and will sometimes come across even better than our vigilante hero. »


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Joseph Kosinski Races To Gran Turismo

23 hours ago

Currently more known for sci-fi than the screech of tyres, Tron: Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is the latest name to be attached to Sony's long-developing Gran Turismo movie. He's in talks to direct and to develop a new screenplay for the rubber-burning car racing project.Last we heard, back in 2013, Gran Turismo had a script by Alex Tse (Watchmen), but that now appears to have been left in the pits while Kosinski rebuilds the film's engine from scratch.Game developers Polyphony Digital have been making Gran Turismo games for over 16 years now, with the latest in the colossal-selling franchise, Gran Turismo 7, currently in development for the PS4. Like Need For Speed (released last year) it's actually a blank slate for filmmakers, since the games are not story based and feature no human characters. Need For Speed took its source's cross-country map as its starting point. The direction in »


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Sullivan Stapleton Dives Into The Lake

23 hours ago

Luc Besson has developed something of a reputation for finding people you might not think would fit into action franchises – Liam Neeson, Scarlett Johansson etc. – and finding successful ways to do just that. His latest hire is a little more experienced with physicality, having worked on 300: Rise Of An Empire. Sullivan Stapleton is set to star in The Lake.Steven Quale, who made last year’s tornado thriller Into The Sky, is behind the camera for this one, which Besson cranked out with The Equalizer’s Richard Wenk. The Lake finds Stapleton as the head of a group of Navy Seals who discover a mysterious trove of treasure hidden in a lake in war-torn Serbia. Their quest becomes to find out who left it there and how many crates of beer it’ll buy. Okay, maybe not the latter bit. Besson’s EuropaCorp company has had hits with the »


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Iko Uwais Runs To Mile 22

23 hours ago

Iko Uwais is known for his outstanding martial arts abilities on The Raid and its sequel. Ronda Rousey is a Ufc veteran and has appeared in the likes of The Expendables 3 and the upcoming Fast & Furious 7. When they met, it was moider! Wait, no, that’s the opening narration for Hart To Hart. Uwais and Rousey are meeting for an action thriller called Mile 22.Lone Survivor’s Peter Berg is on board to produce this one, which will see a CIA field officer and an Indonesian police officer thrown together to confront violent political corruption. And, given their respective skills, probably crack a few skulls as they do so. Graham Roland wrote the script and Berg will now be tracking down a director.“I am a huge fan of what Gareth Evans and Iko did on both Raid films, and I’m very excited at the possibility of »


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Leonardo DiCaprio Moves To The Crowded Room

2 March 2015 1:38 AM, PST

Not everyone is in a position to pursue a project across 20 years in their career, but Leonardo DiCaprio is taking full advantage of his ability to do just that. Like a dog that will not stop chasing a speeding car, he’s inching closer to a film he’s wanted to work on for many moons, making a deal with New Regency for The Crowded Room. It’s based on Daniel Keyes’ 1981 non-fiction book about Billy Milligan, who became the first person in Us court history to successfully argue a defence of multiple personalities, alleging that one of the 24 other distinct personas in his head committed robbery and the rape of three women, and that he was unaware of the crimes. New Regency has had the book’s rights for years now, and DiCaprio first became interested back in 1997. Since then, it has largely sitting on a shelf at the »


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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Character Posters Fly In

1 March 2015 11:36 PM, PST

Update: Mark Ruffalo got in on the action by Tweeting out the Hulk's character poster. And here's Samuel L. Jackson, who delivered Black Widow and Thor. Jeremy Renner got into the action via Whosay, putting Hawkeye's poster online.With just two months to go until Avengers: Age Of Ultron arrives on these shores, the promotional campaign is kicking up into shock and awe levels. Yesterday brought the main one-sheet for the movie, but if that was a little crowded for your tastes, Robert Downey Jr. has slipped into his Mark 360 Twitter suit to deliver an Iron Man-centric image. We firmly expect more images to arrive in the following days (and possibly weeks – this is a big cast), but of course it figures that Tony Stark would go first: he’s not going to let anyone steal his spotlight, no matter how well Chris EvansCaptain America managed to get »


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James Franco In Talks For Why Him?

1 March 2015 11:35 PM, PST

John Hamburg knows a little something about comedies where parents disapprove of their spawn’s dating choices – he wrote all three of the Meet The Parents films. He’s dipping into that well again for a new movie, called Why Him? and he has James Franco in talks to star.The script, which Hamburg co-wrote with Bad Neighbours director Nick Stoller and The Oranges writer Ian Helfer, finds a Midwestern father taking his family to visit his daughter, who is attending Stanford. But the Christmastime trip is soured somewhat when he meets her boyfriend, an ambitious Internet billionaire (probably think Sean Parker more than Mark Zuckerberg) – the role Franco is up for – and immediately takes a disliking to him.Thus kicks off a battle for his daughter’s attention as the dad tries to compete with this charismatic new rival. Hamburg, who most recently made TV movie Good Session, is »


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