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Warner Bros. Planning I Am Legend Reboot

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In the years since 2007’s post-apocalyptic thriller I Am Legend, Warner Bros. has been trying to find a way to fashion a franchise from the film, including a potential prequel and then a seemingly impossible sequel. Now, though, it appears the studio is ready to abandon finding a way for Will Smith to return and has come up with a plan to craft a reboot.According to Deadline, Warners has retrieved Gary Graham’s spec script A Garden At The End Of The World from storage, where it has been sitting since the company bought it in April. Graham, an Apple store worker-turned-scriptwriter concocted what was at the time described as a science fiction take on The Searchers, but that apparently contains enough similarities to Richard Matheson’s original Legend story that the studio has now engaged with to re-work it into a new take on the tale of scientist »


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Fresh Interstellar Trailer Touches Down

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As if we didn’t already have a recent embarrassment of Interstellar footage riches with a batch of new TV spots on Monday, there is now a new full trailer for Christopher Nolan’s latest, unlocked via the movie’s viral site. Naturally, we’d caution anyone looking to go in pure and untainted by glimpses of the film to skip this one, but otherwise set your visual sensors to active and get watching…  Interstellar finds mankind at a tough crossroads. The Earth, overcrowded, polluted and resource-strapped, is dying and unless we find somewhere else to live, the human race will perish with it. So despite a serious lack of funds and manpower, Nasa and a group of scientists come up with a daring plan: to exploit wormhole travel and find fresh habitable planets.Picked to lead this dangerous expedition is Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a talented engineer and former pilot »


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First Images Of Bradley Cooper In American Sniper

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American Sniper has been something of a passion project for Bradley Cooper. He initially had Steven Spielberg attached to direct, but when he passed, Clint Eastwood took on the job. The film is set for release here early next year and the first images from the film have arrived via USA Today. Jason Hall adapted Navy Seal Chris Kyle’s book, subtitled The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In Us Military, which recorded Kyle’s career as a Texas-born shooter who notched the highest number of recorded kills for an American. But his dedication to his sights and his Seal mates has an impact on his relationship with his wife (Sienna Miller). And in a tragic twist, Kyle was killed at a shooting range by the traumatised fellow veteran he and a friend were helping post-military service.Thank God I got to talk to him once on the phone, »


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First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As Richard III In The Hollow Crown

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Now is the winter of our Benedict content, made glorious summer by this new look at Sir Cumber of Batch playing Richard III as part of the new cycle of the Beeb’s The Hollow Crown. For this second set of Shakespeare adaptations – subtitled The Wars Of The Roses – we’ll see Richard’s tale plus the two parts of Henry VI.And in addition to Cumberbatch, the cast for this new set of films features a typically rich assortment of talent including Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge, Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister, Andrew Scott, Jason Watkins, Samuel West, Stanley Townsend, Adrian Dunbar, Geoffrey Streatfield, Ben Daniels, Ben Miles, Sam Troughton, Stuart McQuarrie, Anton Lesser, Kyle Soller, Phoebe Fox, James Fleet and Lucy Robinson. That’s quite a gathering of Equity, right there. And yes, it means that with Scott’s inclusion, Moriarty »


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Ben Affleck Finds The Accountant

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He’s currently busy wearing the Bat Suit for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and after he still has to slip on his director’s coat for Live By Night. But a busy schedule isn’t stopping Ben Affleck from contemplating another type of suit – that of a bean counter – for The Accountant, developing over at Warner Bros.Originally scripted by Bill Dubuque (who contributed to Robert Downey Jr.’s upcoming drama The Judge), The Accountant sounds like it could be two hours of the actor punching numbers into a calculator, but actually follows a mild-mannered office type who uses his boring day job as a cover for his other role – as a lethal assassin. On paper, it looks a little like based-on-real-life businessman/killer tale The Iceman, though Warners will no doubt be hoping it manages to make more of an impact at the box office.The project »


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New Promo For The Theory Of Everything

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Though Benedict Cumberbatch technically beat him to the punch via Hawking in 2004, it’s Eddie Redmayne who is garnering the best reviews of his career to date and awards chatter with his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. You can see why that might be in the new trailer for the film, arriving courtesy of Yahoo.Man On Wire's James Marsh is the director for this one, based on a script by Anthony McCarten. Theory kicks off with Hawking’s early life, from his first studies and his marriage to Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) after meeting at Cambridge. When his world is rocked with the first diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease, they pledge to stay together, even as Hawking throws himself into his work, studying the farthest reaches of time as he explores the origins of the universe.As his health deteriorates, he and Jane fight the disease as a team, »


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Jacob Lofland Heads For Maze Runner Sequel

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With 20th Century Fox going full speed ahead on the sequel to The Maze Runner after the first film’s successful launch at the Us box office, director Wes Ball is gathering the cast. He recently hired Aidan Gillen to play a villain in Maze Runner: Scorch Trials and he now has young Mud actor Jacob Lofland aboard.With Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario and some of the other main cast from the original reprising their roles, the new film will – Spoiler Warning – find the young men and women on the run and fighting for survival in a world that has been devastated by solar flares and a raging virus.Lofland will be Aris Jones, who the Gladers (O’Brien and co.) meet in the outside world, and learn of his connection to the maze and its builders. Upping the gender balance a little, Rosa Salazar also recently »


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Latest Exodus: Gods And Kings Trailer Arrives

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Family. It can be tough at the best of times, but few sibling – or in this case, adoptive sibling – squabbles quite reach the heights of the tale of Moses and the Pharaoh. It’s a story that has been brought to the screen before, yet Ridley Scott has decided to tackle it with Exodus: Gods And Kings. The new trailer is now online via Fox.Gods And Kings finds Christian Bale as Moses, who, after years spent growing up in Egypt like a brother with Rhamses (Joel Edgerton), the man who will become Pharaoh, he learns of a prophecy that he’s destined to lead his people to freedom from slavery.And because Moses has God in his side, when Rhamses refuses his request, wave after wave of terrible plagues are wrought upon his people. Despite Rhamses’ claim to be a living god himself, he’s no match for what actually happens. »


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The Angry Birds Movie Reveals Its Voice Cast

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Yesterday, the Tetris movie was officially announced. Doubling down on the preposterocity inherent in turning a game about blocks falling onto other blocks into a feature-length motion picture, here's some more game-to-film adaptation news: The Angry Birds movie has a voice cast. And is still a thing that is happening.Arriving via carrier pigeon email, the press release announcing the names involved (and the characters they're playing) is a thing of joy, so here are a few select excerpts to tantalise and enthrall. Warning: this will weird you out a bit."Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses, We're The Millers) will lead the cast as Red, a bird with a temper problem. Josh Gad, in his first animated role since Frozen, plays speedy Chuck, and Danny McBride (This Is The End, Eastbound & Down) portrays the volatile Bomb."  "Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs) has joined the pork side, »


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Zombieland 2 Gets A New Writer

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After Amazon's unsuccessful attempt to turn it into a TV show and director Ruben Fleischer's disappointing follow-ups, 30 Minutes Or Less and Gangster Squad, it makes sense that Sony are nutting up once more. That's right, hold on to all your remaining Twinkies, because Zombieland 2 is a-coming.With Fleischer definitely back on board, you'd hope the writers of the 2009 zom-comedy would be too, but Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have moved on to other things, such as Deadpool, the Watch Dogs game adaptation and, um, G.I. Joe Retaliation. Taking their place for the zee-quel is David Callaham, hot off doing a rewrite for Ant-Man, as well as penning Godzilla.Zombieland's worldwide gross came in at $102 million (off a $23.6 million budget), and until World War Z was the highest grossing zombie flim ever released in America. Sony and Fleischer will be hoping for something similar, though much of that »


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Miles Teller Talks Fantastic Four

30 September 2014 7:31 PM, PDT

Miles Teller has said one or two things lately that have probably caused classic comedy spit-takes from his agent and anyone involved in Divergent - frankly, we hope he never changes – but his latest quotes have been on the more diplomatic variety. The actor has been sharing some pointers on Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, namely that it will be “different in every way” from the ill-starred 2005 and 2007 versions."The tone of this film is completely different,” stresses the new Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic to Vulture when comparing this Fantastic Four to its 2005 version and its 2007 sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer. “I think that [a more grounded approach] is what people are into. You're dealing with these characters, but you're making them real people in how they exist day-to-day. People wanted it to be taken more seriously than the kind of Dick Tracy, kitschy, overly comic-book world.” There will be »


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Tak3n Trailer Smashes Online

30 September 2014 10:01 AM, PDT

Blimey. Now we know why Team Taken – please don’t make us keep calling it Tak3n – were keeping quiet about the plot for the third outing of The Bryan Mills’ Special Skills ‘N’ Kills Jamboree – they’re going dark. Check out what we mean in the first trailer for the film, and beware first-act spoilers. In this one, Bryan (Liam Neeson) starts happy, in a good place with daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and closer than ever to reconciling with ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen). But then something terrible happens: Lenore is taken away for good and Bryan is the prime suspect in her murder.Pursued by the CIA, the FBI and the police (seems like a lot of manpower to us, but then, this is Mills), across Los Angeles, he goes on the run to track down the real killers and introduce them to his particular brand of vengeful, rage-driven justice. »


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Dominic Cooper Boards Marvel's Agent Carter

30 September 2014 9:30 AM, PDT

There is some good news today for fans of Agent Peggy Carter, and, more specifically, for fans of the younger Howard Stark of  Captain America: The First Avenger and the Agent Carter One-Shot. Dominic Cooper has made a deal to co-star in the TV series that will find him continuing the good fight.With Hayley Atwell returning as Peggy herself, Marvel’s Agent Carter will track the character as she deals with post-war America in 1946. Peacetime has not been the best time for Carter, marginalized by her colleagues and balancing administrative work with much more important, stealthy duties at the Strategic Scientific Reserve, helping to build what will eventually become S.H.I.E.L.D. We glimpsed something of her world in the short Carter adventure, which accompanied Iron Man 3's Blu-ray.Shea Whigham is set to play Roger Dooley, chief at the Ssr and boss of agents Carter, »


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New Trailer For Horrible Bosses 2

30 September 2014 9:25 AM, PDT

They might not be any smarter this time around, but the Horrible Bosses trio of Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) are back for more attempts to make their lives better in the sequel to the 2011 comedy. The new trailer has arrived, featuring shower weirdness and Chris Pine going full Fight Club. This time, the boys are looking to leave behind their roles as cogs in the corporate machine and seize their own destinies by launching a business. Unfortunately for them, they run afoul of dodgy, scheming businessman Christoph Waltz, who screws them over and laughs all the way to the bank (via the golf course).But instead of cutting their losses, the idiots consult Dean “Motherf*cker” Jones (Jamie Foxx) once more and decide to kidnap the swindler’s son (Pine) for ransom. What they don’t realise is that he’s meaner, weirder and far crazier than his pop, »


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Alec Baldwin And Kevin Spacey Set For Boss Baby

30 September 2014 9:23 AM, PDT

DreamWorks Animation has been suffering of late from some under-performing efforts. It’ll be hoping for a more emphatic hit from one of its more reliable talents, Madagascar co-director Tom McGrath, with the film Boss Baby, which now boasts the vocal chops of Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey.With Austin Powers co-writer Michael McCullers loosely adapting Maria Frazzee’s picture book, Boss Baby finds a seven-year-old boy becoming jealous of the attention lavished upon his smart-talking, briefcase-sporting baby brother (Baldwin).Looking to win back his parents’ affection, the older kid discovers a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (Spacey) that threatens to destroy the balance of love in the world. It turns out that the brash baby executive, who has finagled his way into the family like a cuckoo, is the focus of the plan – and the brothers will have to work together to stop the scheme and »


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Netflix To Simultaneously Release Crouching Tiger 2

30 September 2014 9:22 AM, PDT

If you’ve been reading our Future Of Film series (coughity plugginton), you might have seen our piece a couple of weeks ago about streaming services becoming movie players. Clearly inspired by that*, Netflix is taking its first steps into a larger world, partnering up with The Weinstein Company to release martial arts sequel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on the site the same day it hits Us cinemas next year.Of course, premiering films via digital services is not new; indie movies have been tapping that well for a while. But the impact is more in the size of the film and the debate over release windows. There is already some controversy about the move, according to Variety, with a couple of cinema chains across the pond refusing to offer screens for the release.The movie itself, now in production under the direction of Yuen Wo-Ping, adapts »


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There's A Tetris Movie In The Works

30 September 2014 9:21 AM, PDT

The list of crazy notions we can crack wise about when a new brand-mining film is announced grows shorter with every day. Add to the roster Tetris, which is now kicking off a journey to the big screen via Threshold Entertainment.Yes, the game first unleashed upon the world in 1984 by Soviet game-designer Alexey Pajitnov and perhaps made most famous by Nintendo’s Game Boy, is looking to become the next potential block-buster. (Sorry).It sounds a little ridiculous given the seemingly limited narrative opportunities – and the fact it has been spoofed more than once. Yet CEO Larry Kasanoff tells the Wall Street Journal that his company has big plans for the idea, including a story in place that has yet to be revealed. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page,” he says. “We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”And »


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Big Headed For TV

30 September 2014 9:20 AM, PDT

TV series based on well-known film titles have clearly become a big thing across the pond. On the heels of Fargo’s success comes news that not one but two more films will be reborn on the small screen. First up: word of a show based on the 1988 Tom Hanks comedy Big.The original focused on Josh, a 13 year-old lad who just wishes he could grow up faster. He makes a wish at a Zoltar sideshow machine and he’s soon a boy in a grown man’s (Hanks) body. Cue duets on giant piano floors and funny feelings about ladies.Quite how the film will be converted for TV remains to be seen, though according to Deadline, “the series will be loosely based on the movie and will explore what it means to be an adult, what it means to be a kid, and how in today’s world »


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David Fincher Will Direct The Full First Season Of HBO's Utopia

30 September 2014 9:19 AM, PDT

Out and about plugging his latest film, Gone Girl, David Fincher has also been talking about his plans – announced earlier this year – to produce a Us adaptation of Channel 4’s conspiracy series Utopia. It now emerges that he’ll be even more involved than we thought, because he’s aiming to direct all the episodes of the HBO version’s first season.Utopia, in case you didn’t see the Channel 4 original, set things in motion with the discovery of a manuscript for a legendary graphic novel known as The Utopia Experiments, long shrouded in mystery. When a small group of previously unconnected people unite in their shared interest, things take a much darker turn.It turns out that they are by no means the only ones interested in the manuscript. Targeted swiftly and relentlessly by a murderous organisation known as The Network, the terrified group are left »


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New Look At Oscar Isaac In A Most Violent Year

30 September 2014 4:28 AM, PDT

The richly talented J.C. Chandor’s latest feature film, A Most Violent Year, takes him back onto terra firma after the oceanic All Is Lost, and back to Manhattan, the scene of his terrific debut Margin Call. This one is set a few blocks from Wall Street’s snake pits in the world of big oil, and a new image from the film shows its protagonist Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) in action.Set in New York’s murderous months of 1981, A Most Violent Year pitches its superb cast into a murky milieu that encompasses corruption, crime and murder. Isaac’s crude-dude is an immigrant who has to navigate these perilous waters with all the canniness and savvy at his disposal. But with his wife in the Lady Macbeth role, his scruples slowly fall away and the allure of criminal shortcuts becomes too great to resist. »


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