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Podcast 176: Ed Skrein

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This week Empire welcomes a debutant to the podbooth. Ed Skrein is a name you'll be hearing a lot in months, and years, ahead. He's "the new Jason Statham" in Transporter: Refuelled, and will battle wisecracking Wade Wilson as Ajax in Deadpool. He's a man on the up-and-up in other words, and, donchaknow, he's even played Glastonbury. Plenty to chat about in other words, after accepting his first podcast podcap. Well, we're all about the ceremony.This week also sees the team run the rule over Andrew Haigh's marvellous marital drama 45 Years, N.W.A. band-opic Straight Outta Compton and Zac Efron's DJ drama We Are Your Friends, as well as all the usual news and views.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 »


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Exclusive Trailer For Listen To Me Marlon

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An acting titan, man of gargantuan appetites and island-owning maverick, it’ll take more than the umpteen tomes written about him to unmask the real Marlon Brando. Fortunately, there’s a new documentary to help with that. Listen To Me Marlon is a Brando-led trail that, via thus-far unheard audio tapes, leads the viewer through the mind of the great man. The film’s new trailer is online and viewable below.British director Stevan Riley, the man behind West Indies cricket doc Fire In Babylon and 007 history Everything Or Nothing, has used Brando’s own contemplations and utterances to construct a character study of one of Hollywood’s true enigmas. From his early breakthroughs in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Wild One and On The Waterfront to later years in self-imposed exile, the picture that will emerge is one of a restive, enquiring mind always searching for peace, but never finding it. »


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New Poster For The Hallow Online

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There's something lurking in the woods. As it prepares to rock FrightFest this weekend, Corin Hardy's Irish folk-horror The Hallow has summoned up a new poster, demonstrating that nature does indeed have a dark side. Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton and Michael Smiley lead the cast, but the star here is the artwork, courtesy of Artmachine, from a design by Hardy himself."I always keep a sketchbook on me for doodles, designs, storyboards and creature concept ideas," Hardy tells Empire, "and I had this idea for a Hallow poster during the shoot, where the flaming scythe would illuminate the abstract forest terrors in a way that nodded toward some of the beautifully crafted, classic illustrated movie posters by the likes of Drew Struzen and Graham Humphreys. The guys at IFC and Artmachine did a really fantastic job of bringing my black biro sketch to atmospheric and creepy life. »


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Vincent D'Onofrio to Direct The Kid

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Currently shooting The Magnificent Seven with Antoine Fuqua, Vincent D'Onofrio has clearly developed a taste for the Western. He's now set to make his second film as a director* with The Kid. He'll also star in the film, alongside James Franco and Ethan Hawke.Newcomer Andrew Lanham (his civil rights drama Just Mercy has Michael B. Jordan attached) wrote the screenplay, which is a new take on the often-filmed legend of Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid. The focus is a young boy, whose uncle has murdered his father and turned his sister out onto the streets. The boy tries to rope Billy into avenging his father by killing said uncle, but finds his romantic notions of the gunfighting outlaw are false. He then finds a true hero in Sheriff Garrett.Who's playing who hasn't been revealed at this point, but the set-up, like Joe Carnahan's Five Against A Bullet, »


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Joe Carnahan Finally Shoots Five Against A Bullet

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In development since 2011 and with Joe Carnahan attached to direct since this time last year, Five Against A Bullet has finally got the go-ahead. Carnahan's name was recently connected with Bad Boys 3, but it looks like this will happen first.Five Against A Bullet has been lingering in limbo for a while, ever since Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura brought it to studio Sony four years ago. Originally boasting a script by Alex Litvak (Predators), it’s the story of a Mexican politician whose father is slaughtered by a drug cartel. In order to stay alive during a campaign to clean up his local area, the canny politico hires the five best bodyguards available.The film attracted Bruce Willis’ attention in 2012, but things went quiet after that. Carnahan – no stranger to films boasting a high bullet count thanks to Narc, Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team – signed up to re-write »


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Sofia Vergara Joins The Brits Are Coming

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Shooting is already underway in New York with Uma Thurman and Tim Roth, but there's still room for more cast members in the heist comedy The Brits Are Coming. Sofia Vergara has just signed up, joining an ensemble that also includes Parker Posey, Alice Eve, Maggie Q, Crispin Glover and Stephen Fry. James Oakley (The Devil You Know) is directing.The story revolves around a con-artist couple (Thurman and Roth) who get on the wrong side of Maggie Q's gangster and go on the run to buy some time on a large debt. their plan is to make the payment from the profits of a jewel robbery involving Roth's ex-wife, played by Eve. She's since married again, but it's clearly far from a solid union, since Vergara is playing her new husband's mistress.Oakley wrote the screenplay with his Devil You Know compatriot Alex Michaelides, and The Brits Are Coming »


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Sam Worthington Clashes With The Titan

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With Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge and no fewer than three Avatar sequels in his near future, Sam Worthington is still adding projects to his roster. The latest is The Titan, a sci-fi adventure from first-time director Lennart Ruff and screenwriter Max Hurwitz (Hell On Wheels). Luther's Ruth Wilson will co-star, along with Sofia Boutella (Kingsman, Star Trek Beyond).For Worthington, of course, there's a whiff of the familiar about that title. But nothing will clash or wrath this time, and no krakens will be released. This one's about a military family participating in a revolutionary experiment about genetic evolution in space.Voltage Pictures (The Hurt Locker) are behind the film, which they'll be hawking at Tiff next month. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Sinister), Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh (Welcome To The Punch), and Arash Amel (Grace Of Monaco) are producing. Amel also came up with the pitch that Hurwitz based the screenplay on. »


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New Short Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser

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Though we’ve had a couple of trailers already, several big events (Comic-Con, D23 etc.) have come and gone without any new Star Wars: The Force Awakens promos. And while this is a tiny little fragment courtesy of the films’ official Instagram feed, it’s still pretty darn nifty. Check it out, though naturally, we’d caution for potential spoilers in the footage and below if you’re trying to remain on the pure side of the Force.   There has been an awakening... #StarWars #TheForceAwakensA video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00am PDTMost likely to cause squealing? We’d guess at John Boyega firing up the lightsaber we already know he uses thanks to the Drew Struzan D23 poster and other imagery. But from the looks of this, it appears he’s facing off against Kylo Ren in that snowy forest…The snippet is full of doom and portent, »


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Mads Mikkelsen In Early Talks For Doctor Strange

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Mads Mikkelsen came close to appearing in Thor: The Dark World before his schedule for TV’s Hannibal took him out of contention. But it seems the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not done trying to lure the Danish actor into its clutches, as Variety reports that he’s in early talks to join Doctor Strange. Exactly what he’ll be up to if he does take the job – and right now it’s still hovering in the “if” zone – has yet to be discovered, though the trade magazine’s sources point to him being another potential threat to Benedict Cumberbatch’s title character.Dr. Stephen Strange starts his story as a selfish New York surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he ends up in the care of a mystical healer known as the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and learns to tap into psychic and magical powers. »


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Jeremy Renner Reveals New Captain America: Civil War Concept Art

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Having seen the sizzle reel footage from Captain America: Civil War at Disney’s D23 event, we’re happy to learn a little more about who might be taking what side for the big new Marvel outing. Helpfully, here comes Hawkeye himself, Jeremy Renner posting concept art to his Twitter account. Don’t read any further if you’re trying to avoid any spoilers, but otherwise, here we go… Got new threads. And I brought a friend. #antman #hawkeye #civilwar #costume #captainamerica #avengers pic.twitter.com/HBY5xSCxEn— Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) August 27, 2015The film, of course, finds Steve “Captain America” Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony “Iron Man” Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) having a fundamental disagreement on how the government should interact with superheroes. Do they need more supervision? Are there new regulations that could be put in place? Tony, burned by experiences with Ultron, thinks there should. Steve’s not so sure. »


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New Poster For The Danish Girl

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With the film headed for festivals such as Venice and Toronto, we had thought we might see a trailer for Tom Hooper’s new film, The Danish Girl, which stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. That’s still to arrive, but Focus Features has put the poster online. The film, a story of identity, art and sensation in mid-20th century Europe, has been simmering away for a number of years. Nicole Kidman, Tomas Alfredson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron have all been linked and unlinked at various stages but now has Redmayne in the title role.He plays Einar Wegener, a Danish-born artist who was one of the first known people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Born male, she underwent a series of experimental surgeries in Germany, beginning in 1930 and changed her name to Lili Elbe. Vikander is Wegener's wife, Gerda, who saw their relationship change but always supported Lili, »


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First Look At Michael Fassbender In Assassin's Creed

27 August 2015 9:50 AM, PDT

Welcome to what has apparently been unofficially designated Michael Fassbender Picture Day. We’ve already brought you some exclusives posters from the new Macbeth, which features The Fass as the plotting Scot, and now here is the first look at him as Callum Lynch in the adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, courtesy of Yahoo. Taking as its basis the Ubisoft game, Assassin’s Creed will see Lynch discovering that he’s descended from a secretive society of assassins and is coerced into experiencing the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar in 15th century Spain. Thanks to technology that unlocks genetic memories, he’s able to amass knowledge and skills, which will come in handy since he has to take on the centuries-old Templar organization in the present day. Fassbender heads a cast that also includes Marion Cotillard (his lady Macbeth), Michael Kenneth Williams and Ariane Labed. It’s directed, in another »


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Melissa Benoist And Sam Heughan Off To Oxford

27 August 2015 9:48 AM, PDT

One has been winning acclaim for playing a highland warrior and the other is about to be a superhero. But Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist are finding time to fall in love. On screen, at least, in Oxford. Featuring a script by Allison Burnett, the film follows an American Rhodes Scholar arriving at an Oxford college to continue her studies. There she meets an arrogant, grouchy teaching assistant (Heughan) who she leans is secretly fighting terminal cancer.Upon learning of the reason for his daily attitude, she falls for him, and they decide to make the best of the days he has left, heading out to travel the world. Screen Gems is backing this one, though the company is looking to lock down a director before deciding when to start shooting. It’ll have to take the actors’ day jobs into consideration too, since Benoist is »


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Colm Meaney Takes The Journey

27 August 2015 9:47 AM, PDT

In early July, the news arrived that Timothy Spall was in talks to play late politician Sir Ian Paisley in The Journey. It appears he’s gone against Paisley’s traditional “no” stance and said yes to the part, and now Colm Meaney has joined the drama as Paisley’s stalwart enemy-turned-true friend Martin McGuinnessNick Hamm’s film chronicles the story of how two seemingly implacable enemies – Paisley, the fiery, vocal leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein’s McGuinness – had to find common ground and make history. The pair became such good friends that they were nicknamed The Chuckle Brothers.Director Nick Hamm is writing the script with Divorcing Jack’s Colin Bateman and aims to kick off filming in Northern Ireland and Scotland in the middle of next month.Meaney, who has been spending most of his time recently in Western-flavoured Us TV drama Hell On Wheels, »


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Empire's Star Wars: The Force Awakens Subscribers' Cover Revealed

27 August 2015 3:58 AM, PDT

The new issue of Empire hits newsstand shelves today, with a pick of Dark Side and Light covers to mull over, but a little friend with be rolling onto the doormats of subscribers. Bb-8 begins its quest for cult hero status right here, on the new subs cover...Additionally, these two new on-set stills offer a glimpse into the pages of a cover feature that will take you from Jakku to the far reaches of the Star Wars universe. Trust us, it's the finest thing this side of the Outer Rim.Below is John Boyega's Finn surveying the wastes of Jakku, a planet we've never before visited, while above we see him in full Stormtrooper armour with director J.J. Abrams in close proximity.Pick up the new issue of Empire, onsale now, for the full story. Head here for a breakdown of the issue's other big first-looks and exclusives. »


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Exclusive New Posters For Macbeth

27 August 2015 2:00 AM, PDT

The new issue of Empire plunges into the blood-red mists of Justin Kurzel's Macbeth. There’s something for everyone: a battle-hardened Michael Fassbender, witches, a rhesus positive Paddy Considine, a scheming Marion Cotillard and a whole mess of Shakespearean intrigue, all illustrated with some spectacular images not dissimilar to these. If that doesn’t quench your thirst for cauldron-fresh murderous shenanigans, here are a couple of exclusive new Macbeth character posters to fill the void, kicking off with the man himself...The protagonists are, of course, Fassbender’s Thane of Glamis, a loyal servant to King Duncan (David Thewlis) and cohort to Banquo (Paddy Considine). Well, he is those things until he encounters three witches in the post-battle mists of the Scottish highlands and hears their prophecy of great power in his future. Their soothsaying takes root with the help of the honey poured into his ear by Lady Macbeth. »


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Michael Caine Rediscovers Youth In New Trailer

26 August 2015 5:02 PM, PDT

Michael Caine's upcoming slate includes Vin Diesel's The Last Witch Hunter and the sequel to Now You See Me, but while he's keeping busy in elder-statesman roles, it looked as if 2009's Harry Brown was his final film as the lead. Happily that turned out not to be the case, since he couldn't resist Paolo Sorrentino's Youth. You can get a taste of the results in this just-released new trailer."I've retired about 30 times," Caine told Empire recently. "I always retire and then someone comes along with an offer you can't refuse. I wasn't going to play any more leading roles. I don't like it because you've got to get up early in the morning for eight weeks. But I just had to do Youth. It was wonderful." Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, The Great Beauty) wrote and directed the film, which involves Caine's retired orchestra »


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Gideon Raff Plans Operation Brothers

26 August 2015 5:01 PM, PDT

Having carved out a successful career on television, co-creating Homeland and Tyrant, Gideon Raff is now setting his sights on getting back to the movies. He's already attached to adapt Alice Laplante's novel Turn Of Mind for Fox, and he's now also sold his treatment for Operation Brothers to the same studio. Raff will write, produce and direct the film, based on the true story of the evacuation of Jewish Ethiopian Civil War refugees from from Sudan to Israel in the late 1970s and early '80s. On the orders of then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Mossad set up a secret base in a deserted Sudanese holiday camp, and orchestrated the mass extraction by sea and air. It's Argo meets Exodus, is no doubt the pitch somewhere. Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf Of Wall Street) is producing.Raff was an assistant to Doug Liman on Mr. & Mrs Smith before going on »


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Conn Iggulden's Emperor Novels To Be Adapted For Screen

26 August 2015 5:01 PM, PDT

Five years ago the news broke that 300 producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton had picked up the rights to Conn Iggulden's Emperor novels, about the rise and fall of Julius Caesar. The rest was silence, but the story has finally come back around, with the epic project now finding a home at Hunger Games studio Lionsgate.Iggulden began his Emperor series with The Gates Of Rome back in 2003, and it currently stretches to five novels. The saga begins with Caesar and Marcus Brutus as boys, and follows their rise through the Roman Empire and the machinations that lead to "Et tu, Brute?" and the endgame at the Senate. The fifth book, The Blood Of Gods, published several years after the others in 2013, deals with Mark Antony and Gaius Octavius' revenge on Caesar's assassins.The first film in the projected franchise stays with Julius and Marcus long enough to see »


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Anne Hathaway Wants To Fight An Alien Menace In The Shower

26 August 2015 11:03 AM, PDT

Working with Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar has clearly given Anne Hathaway a taste for action and sci-fi elements. She’s producing and planning to star in alien invasion comedy The Shower.The script comes from TiMER writer/director Jac Shaeffer (also on board to produce), who has come up with a concept that sounds like Attack The Block meets Bridesmaids. Hathaway will play a woman attending a baby shower whose guests are intrigued by a sudden meteor shower. But these are no ordinary rocks streaming from the sky – they turn the men in the area into blood-thirsty aliens and the women must fight to save themselves and the wider world.  "Jac has written an awesome sci-fi comedy focusing on funny, fully dimensional female characters," Hathaway tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I feel so lucky to be a part of the team that will bring her enormously »


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