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New Kingsman Images Show Samuel L. Jackson

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The new issue of Empire doesn't hit shelves until next Thursday, August 28, but we have a sneak peek for you already! We have the latest on Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, including these two rather nifty images showing Colin Firth's impeccably-dressed agent at work, and Samuel L. Jackson as the villainous Valentine. Feast your eyes. Says Jackson of his role, "Watching From Russia With Love, it was like, 'Oh my God, what is this?' I had never seen a film like that before in my life. I always thought of myself more as Bond than the villain. But as I got older, I realised that villains are a lot more colourful and a lot more interesting and a lot more outside the box. And the whole tongue-in-cheek Bondian aspect of the film is pretty great. It was fun to sit there and do that, using the metaphors of the Bond film. »


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Brian G. Hutton 1935 - 2014

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Brian G. Hutton, the director of classic war films Where Eagles Dare and Kelly’s Heroes, has died. He was believed to be 79.Born in 1935, the New Yorker had a brief acting career before migrating to the other side of the camera. He studied acting at Elia Kazan’s famous Actors Studio in Hell’s Kitchen, before heading to the West Coast under the patronage of legendary Casablanca producer Hal Wallis.Arriving in Los Angeles, he quickly scored theatre gigs, staging plays and teaching acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. During the mid-to-late ‘50s he landed acting roles in TV staples like Gunsmoke and Perry Mason, as well as Kirk Douglas Western Gunfight At The O.K. Corral and Elvis musical King Creole.Soon after Hutton came to the attention of Universal Studios’ New Horizons programme. The studio’s low-budget production scheme for young directors afforded him his first experience of directing work, »


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White Bird In A Blizzard In A Trailer

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Lately we have become accustomed to seeing Eva Green in femme fatale mode, so it's jarring to find her in Gregg Araki's White Bird In A Blizzard playing the perfect homemaker. Except, of course, that's not what she is at all, and there are secrets and mysteries simmering beneath that domestic surface. See if you can guess at them in the latest trailer.As you'll just have seen, Shailene Woodley stars as Kat Connors, a 17 year-old whose mother, Eve (Green) disappears. With her own stuff going on, Kat doesn't initially much register her mum's absence. But as time goes on, she begins to appreciate how deeply she's been affected by Eve's vanishing, and the truth about what happened forces her to confront her own denial.Actually filmed well before The Fault In Our Stars and Divergent, Magnolia PIctures are clearly hoping White Bird In A Blizzard can capitalise on »


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Jeremy Lovering Prepares For The Bringing

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Last we heard (back in May), Nicolas Winding Refn was hovering around La's Cecil Hotel with the idea to directing The Bringing. Circumstances have changed since then, however, and the latest director in the frame for the true-events-inspired chiller is In Fear's Jeremy Lovering. The film is based on the strange case of 21 year-old Canadian student Elisa Lam, who was found dead in the water tanks on the roof of the Cecil, a month after her disappearance in January last year. The coroner's verdict was accidental drowning, but a video of her odd behaviour in one of the hotel's elevators hours before her death later went viral, and led worldwide conspiracy theorists and hauntologists to believe they know better.Adding to the spook factor is the notion that serial killers Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger were both reportedly residents at the hotel at one point or another. The Main Street »


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David Yates Up For Fantastic Beasts

21 August 2014 12:36 PM, PDT

Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them already boasts one big name from the original franchise: creator J.K. Rowling is writing the script for what Warner Bros. is hoping will be a new trilogy. The studio now appears to be reaching out to someone else who has a little experience in the wizarding world, director David Yates.According to Variety, Yates is in negotiations to handle at least the first instalment of the new series, which is very loosely based on Rowling's universe-expanding textbook about magical creatures, and set in the same world as Potter and pals. It will feature creatures and characters both new and familiar to Potter fans and, promises Rowling, will be "neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world" that takes place 70 years before Harry sets foot in Hogwarts. That puts the setting »


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New Nightcrawler Trailer Arrives

21 August 2014 11:08 AM, PDT

We’ve met Jake Gyllenhaal’s focused-to-the-point-of-creepy wannabe crime reporter once already in the first trailer for Nightcrawler. Here comes a new promo, one that just adds to the scuzzy La crime beat feel.With Real Steel and The Bourne Legacy writer Dan Gilroy turning director for this one, Gyllenhaal is Lou Bloom, a young man in desperate need of employment. After several rejections, he stumbles upon the fast-paced world of Los Angeles freelance crime journalism.Setting himself up as an independent contractor, he’s soon cranking up the police scanner and speeding around the seedy streets to beat the cops and other reporters to crime scenes. After a few lucky breaks, he catches the eye of TV newsgathering veteran Nina (Rene Russo), who spots a potential new source of content. But soon Lou is blurring the line between reporting the story and becoming it…With Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed, »


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Shane Black Unleashes The Destroyer

21 August 2014 11:07 AM, PDT

Don't be confused by that headline. No, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black is not dipping back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a film focused on Asgard’s walking weapon, the one last seen destroying S.H.I.E.L.D. cars in Thor. Instead, he’s climbed aboard Sony’s planned adaptation of The Destroyer series of adventure novels.The book series, which currently numbers roughly 145, focuses on Remo Williams. He's a New Jersey cop who is framed for a crime, sentenced to death and then revived following a botched execution. He’s offered a second shot at life working for the clandestine Us government agency Cure, where he’s teamed with an assassin called Chiun to eliminate threats to America’s interests.Originally written by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir starting in 1971 (though the first tome’s manuscript was actually completed in 1963), the Destroyer books ran successfully for more than two decades, »


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New Trailer For Annabelle

21 August 2014 11:06 AM, PDT

With the release date less than a couple of months away now, Warner Bros. is kicking the promotion for Conjuring spin-off Annabelle up a gear with the second trailer. Prepare for creepy mannequin action and lots of demonic activity… Annabelle follows John (Ward Horton) and Mia Form (Annabelle Wallis), a young couple happily expecting their first child. But when the beautiful (depending on how you look at it) vintage doll John buys for his wife attracts the attention of an obsessed satanic cult, things go scare-shaped for them and, more violently, their neighbours.Surviving that initial incident, the couple moves to a new house, but discover that Annabelle has somehow made the trip with them. Sadly, they don’t at first make the connection between the creepy object and the horror that befell them last time, but they soon learn that the doll has a demon attached to it, one »


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Steven Spielberg Plans Minority Report TV Series

21 August 2014 11:05 AM, PDT

Please hold your “we really should have seen this coming” jokes until the end, because even pre-cogs are tired of hearing it. Still, it’s true that Steven Spielberg has decided that the time is right for a TV series based on 2002’s Minority Report, and is in the process of hiring Godzilla writer Max Borenstein to begin working on a script.According to The Wrap, the series is still at a very early stage and there are no firm details as to the driving plot yet. But given the film, you have to figure it’ll follow the investigations of the PreCrime police unit that channels psychic predictions through a complicated computer system to track murderers down before they can even commit the crime. In the film, Tom Cruise’s Chief John Anderton ends up on the run when he becomes the focus of such an investigation.There’s »


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First Teaser For The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death

21 August 2014 10:01 AM, PDT

Living up to its description of a tease, this first video for The Woman In Black sequel Angel Of Death plays it very coy with ominous sounds, lots of seriously dark footage and one very quick scare at the end. Take a look below. The sequel continues the story four decades on from the time when Daniel Radcliffe’s Arthur Kipps tangled with the dark secrets lurking within Eel Marsh House. Now the property has become a temporary lodging for evacuated children during World War II. Trouble is, the arrival of the youngsters awakens the dormant, terrifying spectre…Our heroes this time out are psychiatric nurse Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox) and Harry Burnstow (Jeremy Irvine), who must help her uncover – and survive – the house’s dark secrets.Peaky Blinders veteran Tom Harper takes up the directing reins, working from Jon Croker’s script. With Helen McCrory, Adrian Rawlins, Oaklee Pendergast, »


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David Gordon Green Says Our Brand Is Crisis

21 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Sandra Bullock has been loosely attached to political drama-comedy Our Brand Is Crisis since late last year, back when she was out stumping for Gravity’s award campaign and talked to co-star George Clooney about the film, one he was producing. Things have moved on since then, and David Gordon Green has, according to Variety, won the job of directing the movie, a move that in turn has spurred Bullock to fully commit to it.Crisis is adapted from Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary, which saw President Clinton’s former advisors James Carville and Stan Greenberg applying what they had learned in the trenches of American politics to a campaign in Bolivia, and the effects it has on the process.How exactly Bullock’s character will fit into the film is not clear right now, though chances are the plot will follow similar lines, ahd she might be a political specialist »


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Podcast #125: Luc Besson, Marion Cotillard

21 August 2014 7:48 AM, PDT

Not one but two people of the French persuasion come to lend the Empire Podcast a touch of class and a certain I-don't-know-what (as the French say) this week, namely Two Days, One Night's Marion Cotillard and Lucy's Luc Besson. Also here to sully proceedings is the outgoing editor of Empire, Mark Dinning, who enjoys his very own exit interview at the hands of the podcast team.Elsewhere, the potential for a Mack Bolan franchise starring Bradley Cooper is discussed, and Benedict Cumberbatch's named gets thoroughly butchered. Also, the current "Ice Bucket Challenge" trend is, um, challenged.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. And to make use of our SquareSpace sponsor offer, »


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Akiva Goldsman In Talks To Rewrite The Ring 3D

21 August 2014 7:47 AM, PDT

A little more than a month ago, we got wind of Paramount preparing for a third instalment of The Ring horror franchise, once more adapted from the 1998 Japanese creepfest. We noted that the arrival of director F. Javier Gutiérrez signalled a potential new writer coming aboard and it appears the studio wants Akiva Goldsman to lend his keyboard-mashing abilities to the job.According to Deadline, The Ring 3D (for such it is currently called) sees the return of vengeful spirit girl Samara and her cursed video tape, which in this era of viral videos, YouTube sharing and films on phones, seems like a quaint idea. Perhaps it’ll either be set back when videos were the thing or it will expand the idea to take in more modern formats. After all, there’s always scope for a cursed set of ice bucket challenge vids.Goldsman, who last brought the world »


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Christian Bale Set For Jungle Book: Origins

20 August 2014 5:13 PM, PDT

Andy Serkis’ jungle is becoming more crowded. Just yesterday, we reported that Benedict Cumberbatch had signed on to star in the actor’s directorial debut, a take on Rudyard Kipling’s famous tale called Jungle Book: Origins. Today there is a whole swathe of additional casting announcements, with word that Christian Bale, Naomie Harris, Cate Blanchett, Peter Mullan, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Rohan Chand have joined what is now a hugely impressive ensemble.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Serkis will also be acting in the film, playing Baloo the bear, the friendly type who befriends the young human orphan Mowgli (Chand, a veteran of Lone Survivor who's back on our screens in The Hundred-Foot Journey next month).As for everyone else? Bale is on as the fearsome yet protective panther Bagheera, while Blanchett will have carte blanche to be slinky and hypnotic voicing the dangerous snake Kaa, with Hollander »


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Nicolas Cage In New Outcast Trailer

20 August 2014 5:05 PM, PDT

Last month we had David Gordon Green's Joe to remind us how great Nicolas Cage can be when given some decent material. Since then, however, we've had trailers for The Rage and Left Behind to yank us back into Cage Wtf territory. And now here's another, in the form of Nick Powell's Outcast. Cage stars alongside Hayden Christensen and Yifei Liu as a battling medieval Crusader called The White Ghost. It's Season Of The Witch all over again... but in 12th-century China.Cage and Christensen have retired from their killing-for-God career when the story starts, and on the evidence in this clip haven't seen each other for a while. They re-team, however, to help the children of a deposed Chinese emperor battle their murderous usurper uncle (Andy On). Cage's choicest trailer lines are a peculiarly accented "How'd you find me, lad?" and "I am the White Ghost!". There's »


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Exclusive: Nicholas Rowe To Cameo In Mr Holmes

20 August 2014 5:01 PM, PDT

When die-hard Sherlockians - or Holmesians, depending on your taste - hear the name Nicholas Rowe, they're bound to think of the Scottish actor's turn as the young Sherlock Holmes in Young Sherlock Holmes, the 1985 movie directed by Barry Levinson and written by Christopher Columbus. Most thought his days as Holmes ended then when he was 19, but thanks to an ingenious cameo in next year's Mr Holmes, he will return as the great consulting detective at the age of 47... in a rather wonderful fashion.The story of Mr Holmes, which director Bill Condon adapted with Jeffrey Hatcher from Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind, takes place in 1947 when Holmes is 93, long retired to his Sussex beekeeping and frustrated by his diminishing power of recollection. Within this world, Holmes is as famous as you'd expect, and has had movies made of his life. It's in one of these films, »


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New Screenwriter For Chaos Walking

20 August 2014 5:01 PM, PDT

News about Lionsgate's Young Adult adaptation Chaos Walking is currently arriving in annual instalments. In mid-2012 we learned that Charlie Kaufman was writing the screenplay, and last September came word that Robert Zemeckis was aboard to direct. This year's update is that Kaufman's work has, perhaps unsurprisingly, been deemed not quite the ticket for a would-be franchise (we can only imagine what the writer of Adaptation and Synecdoche, New York did with the material). The latest scribe to take a crack at Patrick Ness' novel will be Jamie Linden.Ness’ trilogy – The Knife Of Never Letting Go, The Ask And The Answer and Monsters Of Men – finds humankind in a dystopian future, colonising a distant planet after the Earth has been ruined. When an infection called the Noise strikes, all thoughts become audible and chaos follows.A corrupt autocrat takes the chance to seize control of the human settlements »


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Pierce Brosnan's The November Man Wins A Sequel

20 August 2014 9:25 AM, PDT

It’s unusual for films outside of big studio franchises and comic book series to announce sequels before the first instalment has arrived in cinemas. But Relativity Studios clearly has faith in its new Pierce Brosnan action thriller The November Man, with the former 007 hitting The Tonight Show on Tuesday night to announce a sequel, and the production company following up with an official statement, picked up by Latino Review.The film finds Brosnan as CIA veteran Peter Devereaux, who trains up a new whippersnapper of an agent (Luke Bracey) in the fine art of killing without being snuffed yourself. But when Devereaux’s family comes under threat and he ends up pitted against his former pupil, the expert agent will have to rely on everything he knows as part of a deadly game that also involves corruption at a high level of the agency and the Russian president-elect.“The November Man »


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John Lithgow Talks Pixar's The Good Dinosaur

20 August 2014 9:22 AM, PDT

There was much consternation a little over a year ago when Pixar confirmed that director Bob Peterson had been removed from one of its upcoming projects, The Good Dinosaur, and the film was being retooled. According to John Lithgow, who plays one of the main characters, the team has been hard at work reconceiving the prehistoric adventure much in the same way they reworked Toy Story 2 and Ratatouille, among others.“I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story," Lithgow tells Collider. "So I’m gonna record again on it within the next month. Don’t worry. It’s coming and it’s gonna be better than I ever imagined.”Such a comprehensive overhaul points to possible re-casting, though Lithgow notes that he and Francis McDormand are still aboard as adult dinosaurs. Bill Hader, »


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Ken Jeong Will Try To Kill David Hasselhoff

20 August 2014 9:21 AM, PDT

Here’s a casting combo we’re not sure many people would have seen coming: Ken Jeong, Hulk Hogan and David Hasselhoff will be sharing screen time in a new untitled comedy (formerly known as Killing Hasselhoff) that focuses on celebrity death pools.The decidedly morbid idea of betting on when certain people will die forms the basis for the film, in which Jeong plays a struggling nightclub owner who is facing serious threats from the loan shark to whom he owes big debts.In order to pay the man off and emerge with his limbs intact, the businessman decides to make sure he wins a long-running death pool by killing his chosen celebrity: enter The Hoff, who will almost certainly be hassled here in complete contravention to that standard rule against doing so. And as to how Hogan fits into the film, that’s still unclear.Hasselhoff will be co-starring and producing the movie, »


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