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Tom Hiddleston's Off To Skull Island

16 September 2014 10:51 AM, PDT

You might recall that Legendary Entertainment took to the San Diego Comic-Con stage this year to announce it was making a return to Skull Island to explore the origins of a one Mr. K. Kong, the ape of legend. Now we know that Tom Hiddleston will be starring in the film, and that Kings Of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing it.No plot details have been released so far, though Godzilla man Max Borenstein has been hard at work on a script that takes a trip to the famous rocky landscape and promises to find massive creatures and other dangers lurking around. Vogt-Roberts represents the latest attempt by Legendary to give a director known for indie movies the keys to a blockbuster, following in the footsteps of Gareth Edwards.How Hiddleston fits in is a mystery for now, though we’re guessing he’ll be a dashing adventurer heading »


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Chris Hemsworth Says I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

16 September 2014 10:50 AM, PDT

If you thought the most beloved music on Asgard was something involving massive trumpets, think again. Apparently it was the soulful country sound of Hank Williams. How else to explain that, on the heels of Tom “Loki” Hiddleston gearing up to play the country legend himself, his on-screen brother Chris Hemsworth will produce and star in a fictional film about the ill-fated crooner’s doctor?Former Thor director's assistant Benjamin Grayson is the driving force behind the project, directing his own adaptation of Steve Earle’s novel. The story dramatizes what happened to Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who was involved in the singer’s mysterious death in 1953.With his medical license yanked, the film finds Ebersole living in Texas 10 years later, performing illegal medical procedures in the red light district to support a morphine habit. Williams’ ghost regularly haunts him, acting as an oft-unwanted conscience. In our dark hearts, we're pulling »


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Jack Huston Is The New Ben-Hur

16 September 2014 10:49 AM, PDT

Though it looked for a while as if Tom Hiddleston would be the new Ben-Hur, he is now headed in a different direction as was revealed yesterday. Nope, the man looking to fill a role once assayed by Charlton Heston is Jack Huston.Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, the new version aims to chronicle the younger days of Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, best friends growing up in Jerusalem before the Roman Empire takes over. Ben-Hur is a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector who is packed off to be educated in Rome for five years. Upon his return, he mocks our hero for his religion, and, after an accident he pins on his friend, has him sold into slavery. Cue a quest for revenge that culminates (at least in the 1959 Heston film) in the iconic chariot race.Morgan Freeman is already aboard to play Ildarin, »


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James D'Arcy Recruited for Agent Carter

16 September 2014 9:37 AM, PDT

He most recently appeared on our screens as a tattooed mobster nightmare in police comedy Let’s Be Cops. But James D’Arcy is switching back to the forces of good for a new TV role: he’s been cast as Edwin Jarvis, the butler to Howard Stark in Marvel’s Agent Carter.With Hayley Atwell returning as Peggy Carter herself, 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, as we glimpsed in the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter that accompanied Iron Man 3's DVD.Jarvis – one of the inspirations for Tony Stark’s A.I. assistant in the Iron Man films, voiced by »


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Into The Woods Poster Stalks Online

16 September 2014 9:36 AM, PDT

We’ve already seen several images and a trailer for the adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s classic fairy tale-tweaking musical Into The Woods – the pictures are sitting in a gallery lower down the page and the trailer is lurking at the bottom. Now here comes a poster for the film, putting Meryl Streep’s witch front and centre. Riffing on the stories of the Brothers Grimm, Into The Woods is about a childless baker who attempts to lift a family curse by journeying woods-ward to confront Streep's evil harpy. Along the way they encounter classic characters like Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack (of beanstalk notoriety) and Red Riding Hood, played by newcomer Lilla Crawford.James Corden is the Baker, with Emily Blunt as his wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinders' handsome prince, Johnny Depp (who has barely shown up in promos yet) as the Big Bad Wolf, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, »


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Ben Kingsley Joins Brooklyn Bridge

16 September 2014 9:35 AM, PDT

Though it originally aimed to kick off filming last month, Brooklyn Bridge, a new drama about the man who oversaw the building of the famous New York structure, has been moved back to next spring. Yet there is good news on the casting front, with Ben Kingsley and Brie Larson climbing the struts to join the ensemble.Daniel Radcliffe will star as the brilliant but inexperienced engineer Washington Roebling, who inherits the mammoth project when his father (Kingsley) dies from tetanus. Initially overwhelmed by the task and driven by an obsession that threatens his family, Roebling overcomes his demons with the help of his equally talented wife Emily (Larson).The resulting bridge took 14 years and cost $15m and 20 lives to build. It's a chapter in American history that should offer plenty of dramatic grist for writer/director Douglas 'Emma' McGrath's screenplay to explore, as well as the chance to see »


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Ciaran Hinds Will Bleed For This

16 September 2014 9:28 AM, PDT

True-life boxing drama Bleed For This already has Miles Teller attached as slugger Vinny Pazienza. Now we know who will be playing his father, Angelo, because Ciaran Hinds has signed on to co-star.Boiler Room writer-director Ben Younger is scripting and directing this one, charting the story of Pazienza, who broke his neck in three places in a traffic accident in 1991 while he was at the peak of his career. Against doctors’ orders, Pazienza returned to the gym with his neck still encased in a metal halo, began working out and eventually won three more titles. He went on to retire with a 50-10 record.While Hinds worries about his onscreen son’s condition, Aaron Eckhart will be Pazienza’s trainer, Kevin Rooney, an infamous name in the boxing community of the time who pushes him to recover.Hinds, who recently appeared in a recurring role as Mance Rayder on Game Of Thrones, »


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Margaret Qualley Finds The Nice Guys

16 September 2014 9:27 AM, PDT

For someone whose entire career has thus far comprised two jobs – a role in James Franco’s Palo Alto and playing Justin Theroux’s daughter on HBO’s The LeftoversMargaret Qualley is quickly grabbing attention. And that includes from Shane Black, who has her in talks to join his 1970s crime thriller The Nice Guys.Black co-wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi and has Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe signed on the dotted to star.The story finds Gosling as wayward, troubled private eye Holland March, who crosses paths in Los Angeles with hired muscle Jackson Healy (Crowe). These unlikely allies must prowl the mean streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl, which soon develops links to the death of a porn star. As they unravel the cases, they discover a massive conspiracy with tentacles in the highest levels of power.Qualley will be »


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Cara Delevingne Moves To Paper Towns

16 September 2014 9:26 AM, PDT

With a successful first adaptation already under his belt with The Fault In Our Stars, author John Green is now watching the progress of another tome, Paper Towns, as it heads to the big screen. With Stars’ Nat Wolff snagging the male lead, model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne is in talks for the primary female role.Robot & Frank director Jake Schreier is set to direct the film, which sees young neighbours Quentin and Margo united by the experience of finding the body of a man who committed suicide. Though they grow apart as they age, they’re suddenly thrown back together when Margo shows up one night at Quentin's window dressed as a ninja.Despite launching a campaign to wreak revenge on the people who have hurt her in her life, she vanishes and our hero must set out to follow clues and discover what happened. Fault writers Michael H. Weber and »


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Gillian Jacobs Set For Love

16 September 2014 9:25 AM, PDT

While he’s long established himself as a filmmaker, Judd Apatow has never quite forgotten his TV roots. He’s one of the producers behind HBO series Girls and is now working with one of the writers of that show – Lesley Arfin – to produce a new show called Love for Netflix.Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust are signed on to play Mickey and Gus, a couple in the middle of a relationship experiencing, so the press release goes, the “exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid.” It’ll be shot with typically Apatowian honesty about the realities of modern life and love.So confident is Netflix in the Apatow brand that the company has agreed to give the show two seasons out of the box. While Apatow is producing, Rust and Arfin are credited as the co-creators and will be executive producers and »


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Lee Child Talks The Next Reacher Movie

16 September 2014 5:11 AM, PDT

Lee Child, the laconic legend behind the unstoppable one-man army that is Jack Reacher, popped into Empire Towers today to record an appearance on the Empire Podcast. You’ll be able to hear the full interview next Friday (September 26), but in the meantime Child dropped a few choice tidbits that we couldn’t wait to share with you.First, we asked the Coventry-born author to fill us in on the status of the next Reacher movie, Never Go Back. He confirmed that Chris McQuarrie, who wrote and directed Jack Reacher, the 2012 movie based on One Shot which famously starred Tom Cruise as Reacher, will not be calling the shots this time around.“McQuarrie is going to be in post-production on Mission: Impossible 5,” he said. “He just physically can’t do it. It’s going to be a new backroom crew, which I think is good. I thought the McQuarrie movie was fantastic, »


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Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover

16 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT

As a right-thinking filmgoer and intelligent person, the chances are that you are as wildly excited as we are to see Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. So we're very proud to present our exclusive new subscribers' cover for the November issue of Empire, revealing Matthew McConaughey's intrepid astronaut Cooper on an icy alien world. In fact, Nolan was personally involved in selecting this image for us.Click the cover above to enlarge.As you'll know from the trailer below, the film sees Cooper and his fellow astronauts, including Anne Hathaway's Amelia Brand, head off to find a new home for humanity as the Earth lies dying. Their search takes them through a wormhole to other systems and planets, as the people they left behind await salvation.Saving the world is just the latest stage of the McConnaissance, the star following his Oscar glory with Dallas Buyers Club, TV success with True Detective and, »


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See The World Exclusive New Interstellar Poster

16 September 2014 1:26 AM, PDT

The image on this new poster for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar may look a little familiar from our last story, but The Dark Knight director liked the image he selected for Empire so much that he has also made it the official Us one-sheet for the film.As ever with this particular director, he's not giving much away. We can tell, from that strange folded-over landscape, that Matthew McConaughey's Cooper ain't in Kansas anymore, as we glimpsed in the trailer. But beyond that the film is keeping its secrets close. What we do know is that Cooper and his team are sent from a dying Earth to find a new home for humanity, and we're guessing this is one of the possibilities they inspect.The film also stars Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine and John Lithgow. Interstellar hits UK cinemas on November »


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Matt Damon And Paul Greengrass Reportedly Back For More Bourne

15 September 2014 5:33 PM, PDT

In a twist worthy of the agent himself, it appears that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are making deals for a return to the Bourne franchise. According to Deadline, the pair is likely to slot in a Jason Bourne-focused fifth entry to the series in place of the developing sequel to the Jeremy Renner/Aaron Cross story.It’s something of a shocker, as both Damon and Greengrass have said on the record that they had no plans to revisit a story they felt they had already told. But then, they have both also mooted a potential return if the right script could be written and they could work together again, and it appears that that’s the case now.Universal, which has yet to officially confirm anything, is apparently so enthused by the idea of the pair returning that it wants them to have the film ready for »


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Latest Trailer For The Hunger Games: Mockingjay . Part 1

15 September 2014 4:40 PM, PDT

As The Day Today’s Chris Morris might put it, “That’s it! It’s war!” The conflict between the despotic, resource-rich and couture-obsessed Capitol and the defiant Districts is coming to a violent head in the latest trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Check it out below. Here, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has been recruited to lead the rebel forces against those of President Snow, working alongside the likes of Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in what will be one of his final performances) and President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore). Katniss has now been brought to District 13, long thought destroyed and written out of Panem history but, it emerges, a power to be reckoned with. But even as the Districts start to make progress against the Capitol’s armies, Snow delivers a nasty propaganda surprise: Peeta (Josh Hutcherson »


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New Banner Art For The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

15 September 2014 4:39 PM, PDT

Click the image above for a closer look.With the final chapter in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Battle Of The Five Armies, steadily marching towards our cinemas, Warner Bros. has launched a hefty new piece of tapestry art showing some of the conflicts and forces featured in the film. Take a look courtesy of Digital Spy…For those who may not have read the book, beware spoilers from this point on. The Battle Of The Five Armies sees Goblins and Wargs (one army, supported by nasty bats) face off against dwarves, elves, men and giant eagles (four much smaller armies) in a quest to gain control of Erebor (the Lonely Mountain) and Smaug's treasures within.In the book, Bilbo spends much of the conflict unconscious; we suspect that will have changed onscreen. One change this time will see the Orcs being led by the still-very-much loose Necromancer (Benedict Cumberbatch »


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Adam Wingard Says I Saw The Devil

15 September 2014 4:38 PM, PDT

After launching a psychopathic version of Dan Stevens with his latest blend of horror and thriller The Guest, Adam Wingard has set his sights on something he hasn't previously tackled: a remake. He and regular collaborator Simon Barrett are closing on a deal to craft a new version of Kim Jee-Woon’s 2010 Korean thriller I Saw The Devil.It’s an unusual move because the pair have previously generated their own material. But while we’re not sure the story was crying out to be remade, the thought of the twisted minds behind You’re Next bringing something fresh to it does have a certain appeal. And we’re fairly certain they wouldn’t have decided to take on the film without some new ideas.The original is a revenge tale in which an elite special agent’s pregnant fiancée is murdered by a madman. In return, he lures the killer into a violent, »


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Leslie Mann In Talks For Vacation

15 September 2014 4:36 PM, PDT

First-time directors (and the writers who got the thing moving in the first place) John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are now hard at work preparing the new Vacation, a story that finds Ed Helms as the grown Rusty Griswold taking his own brood on a trip. The film has been missing someone to play his sister Audrey, but now Leslie Mann is in talks for that role.Serving as both a sequel and a semi-reboot of the franchise, this Vacation finds the characters from the 1983 John Hughes comedy as adults, with Helms married to Christina Applegate.Audrey, who was previously played by Dana Barron (twice), Dana Hill, Juliette Lewis and Marisol Nichols, will here be married to news anchorman Stone Crandall, set to take the shape – assuming his deal has gone through – of one Chris Hemsworth. Nice going, Mann!Charlie Day is planning to make a one-scene cameo in the film, »


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Sony Plans To Reboot I Know What You Did Last Summer

15 September 2014 4:32 PM, PDT

Of all the titles being fed into the maw of the Reboot Machine, we really didn’t think anyone would add 1997 horror I Know What You Did Last Summer to the conveyor belt. Still, Sony has gone ahead and done just that, hiring Oculus co-writer/director Mike Flanagan to go back to the source novel – yes, the film had one – for a new stab.Flanagan is working once again with co-producer Jeff Howard, who contributed to the script that turned Oculus from a short into a successful horror film. The director is working from Lois Duncan’s 1973 book about a group of teens who cover up a fatal car accident, only to be stalked and slaughtered in revenge.The story spawned the 1997 original film, which saw Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Ryan Philippe as the leads, and 1999’s I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, »


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Billy Bob Thornton In Talks For Our Brand Is Crisis

15 September 2014 4:30 PM, PDT

With Sandra Bullock attached to star and David Gordon Green on board to direct, political comedy / drama Our Brand Is Crisis is taking beautiful shape at Warner Bros. According to The Wrap, Billy Bob Thornton is now in talks to co-star.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.Thornton’s role is still being kept under wraps (though we could certainly see him as a Carville-alike), but we do now know that Bullock will be “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a charismatic retired American political consultant known for quoting famous people when she’s making points.Peter Straughan wrote the script, and Green should be shooting this autumn. Thornton, who recently scored an Emmy nomination »


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