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Now The Oblivion Trailer Has Arrived

9 December 2012 9:22 AM, PST

brightcove.createExperiences();While the poster might have heralded its arrival, it’s slightly unusual for a big blockbuster trailer to land in the middle of a weekend. Still, given that international versions hit YouTube in the last day or so, it’s perhaps wise for Universal to get the official take on new Tom Cruise pic Oblivion out in the world. Take a look above.And, frankly, it’s an impressive promo. The first footage gives us a much better idea of the film’s style and plot.Co-written and directed by Tron Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski, Oblivion takes place on a future Earth that has been ruined by years of war with an alien race. Though mankind won the conflict, the cost was half the planet’s surface. Humans have been evacuated to floating cities in the clouds and now roving drones track down the last of the alien »


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Berberian Sound Studio Scores At BIFAs

9 December 2012 9:21 AM, PST

The British Independent Film Awards were handed out Sunday night, hosted by The Hobbit’s James Nesbitt at Old Billingsgate. And, as the bubbly flowed (well, it was sponsored by Moet), the big winner turned out to be Berberian Sound Studio, which took home gongs for its director Peter Strickland, star Toby Jones, achievement in production and technical achievement.But there was also good news for the Sightseers team, as Alice Lowe scooped the actress award and she shared screenplay with co-writers Steve Oram and Amy Jump.The Imposter was named best documentary, while Broken went away with the overall British independent film award. So a nice mix of winners, then.You can find the full list right here:best British Independent FILMBrokenBerberian Sound StudioThe Best Exotic Marigold HotelThe ImposterBEST DIRECTORPeter Strickland – Berberian Sound StudioBart Layton – The ImposterBen Wheatley – SightseersJohn Madden – The Best Exotic Marigold HotelRufus Norris – BrokenTHE Douglas Hickox Award »


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Will Ferrell Wants To Get Hard

9 December 2012 9:20 AM, PST

Stop sniggering! The headline does not mean that the star of Anchorman is now turning to a career in porn. Or that the man who most recently featured in Think Like A Man and The Five-Year Engagement has taken a job as a fluffer. Nope, Will Ferrell is attached to star in comedy Get Hard along with Kevin Hart.Warner Bros. is looking to pick up the package deal, which includes a script pitch from Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, one that will be developed for the two stars.Get Hard would see Ferrell as a nerdy investment bank manager who is screwed over by a rich client and is framed for massive fraud. When he can’t wriggle out of the unfair charges, he decides to hire the streetwise guy normally found washing his car (Hart) to train him up to be tough before he reports to prison in a month. »


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Disney Heads Back To Wonderland

9 December 2012 9:19 AM, PST

Though the critical reaction was definitely mixed, Disney’s 2010 take on Alice In Wonderland made more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, and snagged art direction and costume design Oscars. So it’s not all that shocking to learn that the Mouse House wants to craft a sequel.At this early stage, only one person is formally attached, as Alice screenwriter Linda Woolverton is on to write the script.And given where the project is at right now, the plot details are still being worked out. Also, since the first film dipped into both Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass, there’s no sign yet on what the story would be.Disney has been quick to capitalise on the success of the first movie, which featured Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helen Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway among the cast and Tim Burton directing. It »


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Kevin Smith Plans Clerks III As Swansong

9 December 2012 9:18 AM, PST

For a long time now, Kevin Smith has been saying that hockey movie Hit Somebody will be his final film, as he shifts his focus to his ever-expanding Smodcast empire and his TV ambitions. But things have changed recently, and now it appears Hit Somebody will instead be a TV miniseries and Smith will make Clerks III his cine-swansong."Since Hit Somebody is now gonna be a mini-series," Smith wrote on Twitter, "that leaves room for a new final flick before I retire from directing feature films." And it seems somehow fitting that the last hurrah for Big screen Smith will be where it all began. Or, as Kevin puts it, “I'm goin' out like I came in: devoid of talent And color! ‪#FullCircle son!”It’s just the latest evolution for Hit Somebody, which Smith has been planning for years now. Originally it was to be two movies, which, »


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Ty Burrell Will Meet The Muppets

9 December 2012 9:17 AM, PST

His role as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family sees Ty Burrell tapping into his well-honed comedy skills and occasionally seeming like a muppet-made-man. So we’re happy to see him signing on to the cast of the felt friends’ sequel film. Fans who were hoping to see Miss Piggy face off against Christoph Waltz might be a little disappointed, though, since Burrell is replacing the Django Unchained star in the film after Waltz’ scheduled turned out to be a sticking point.Burrell will be an Interpol inspector in the movie, which sees Kermit and co heading to Europe and encountering both the law and a Russian femme fatale (who has yet to be cast).Director James Bobin is returning to the big folding chair for this one, and has also been co-writing the script with Nick Stoller. He’s stepping in to replace the original’s co-writer/star Jason Segel, »


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Skyfall Back On Top Of Us Box Office

9 December 2012 9:13 AM, PST

Look who’s attempting re-entry… And succeeding! Yes, sorry for the awful Bond pun there, but it’s in service to the news that Skyfall, not content with smashing box office records over here, has pulled off a remarkable feat in the States and surged back to the top of the box office. The latest 007 outing scored $11 million this weekend, bringing its total in the Us to $261.6 million.Rise Of The Guardians also did well, bouncing back for a second place finish with $10.5 million, putting it ahead of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which made $9.2 million in third. Lincoln held firm in fourth, taking in $9.1 million. And talking of staying in place, Life Of Pi floated well at fifth with $8.3 million.But Gerard Butler will be headed for an early bath (steady ladies) as his latest rom-com Playing For Keeps took a dive on its launch. It opened in »


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First Poster For A Field In England

7 December 2012 10:14 AM, PST

Ben Wheatley is not a man to rest on his laurels, even when they're as full and bushy as they are for his terrific black comedy, Sightseers. The Brighton-based filmmaker already has his next film, A Field In England, in the can after a two-week shoot in Surrey last month. It's got a new poster which you can see below.Co-written by Wheatley and Amy Jump, A Field In England it set in the aftermath of a English Civil War battle. A posse of deserters are escaping the carnage when they're seized by a treasure-hunting alchemist and compelled to help him hunt for gold. Unfortunately, the motley crew have a culinary encounter with a crop of magic mushrooms and everything turns seriously Dumbo on them.Plunged into all this paranoia and mayhem are Julian Barratt, Reece Shearsmith and Wheatley's old Kill Lister Michael Smiley. Shot in black-and-white, and, according to the director, »


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Desolation Of Smaug Hobbit Image Lands

7 December 2012 9:29 AM, PST

A third EW-sourced Hobbit snap has been revealed online – following on from the Legolas There And Back Again number, as well as a new look at Barry Humphries' Goblin King – and it's all kinds of shiny. Oh, and it's from the second of the three Hobbit films, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.Featuring Bilbo the "burglar" on all fours by Smaug's immense pile of gold, it's a great bit of teasing from team Jackson. Is it looking at Smaug at this point? What does Smaug look like? Why is Bilbo wearing that natty blue top? Have they reused any footage from The Goonies to fill out Smaug The Golden's magnificent haul? Only the cast, crew and Peter Jackson's iPad have the answers. Oh, and people who've seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, who will have already seen a couple of snippets of Benedict Cumberbatch's wyrm, the lucky swine. »


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Oblivion Poster Lands

7 December 2012 9:24 AM, PST

It’s turning into a really, truly terrible week for Earth’s most famous cities, and there hasn’t been this much worldwide cine-devastation since Roland Emmerich stopped toppling landmarks. But on the heels of London getting hit in the Star Trek Into Darkness poster (and San Francisco in the trailer), comes the first official teaser image for Tom Cruise’s latest sci-fi, Oblivion, which you can see below via IGN. This time around, it’s New York shown worn and ruined, which factors into the plot.Oblivion, directed by Tron Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski, takes place in a world where Earth has been badly damaged by decades of war with an alien race known as the Scavs.Most of the population lives above the planet, but Cruise’s Jack Harper is a drone repairman, stationed on the Earth to keep the robo-guardians of the place active against enemy incursion. »


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Refn Will Hire The Equalizer

7 December 2012 9:23 AM, PST

Nicolas Winding Refn is suddenly becoming the go-to guy for big studio projects. Which seems odd, but somehow right. He’s already developing the Logan’s Run remake for Warner Bros., but now Sony has chosen him to make the movie version of The Equalizer.The film adaptation of the cult 1980s Edward Woodward vigilante show will star Denzel Washington. He’s taking over the role of Robert McCall, a former covert operative that decides to seek redemption for the terrible things he’s done in the past by placing a newspaper ad offering to help people with their seemingly insurmountable problems. Though if it's to be set in the present day, he’ll probably post something on Craigslist.Richard Wenk has written the script, and from the sounds of it, Equalizer will leapfrog over the head of the troublesome, long-gestating Logan’s Run and is scheduled to start shooting in late spring next year. »


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Alex Winter Debuts Downloaded Trailer

7 December 2012 9:22 AM, PST

The Social Network told the fascinating story of how Facebook was created and the social turmoil/friendship destroying chaos it wrought. But Napster might be an even more compelling story, and now Alex Winter has made Downloaded, a documentary that will chart the ‘net revolution that followed. Check out the trailer above courtesy of Ain’t It Cool.What looks to be a fascinating stare into the creation of the infamous music-sharing service, Downloaded tracks what happened to the industry and the people who built the company in the first place.Interviewees include co-creators Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, along with a slew of music industry types, who express the arguments for and against, and some musicians themselves, with commentary from the likes of Henry Rollins and even Noel Gallagher.Winter has already shown solid chops behind the camera, and he’s chosen a compelling subject.Details on when and »


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Terrence Howard Locked Into Prisoners

7 December 2012 9:21 AM, PST

There’s one more familiar face set to pop up in Denis Villeneuve’s new thriller Prisoners. The latest to sign on to the kidnap drama is Terrence Howard.While Deadline’s story on the casting doesn’t make clear whom he’s playing, it’s just another solid choice for a film that is currently loaded with talent.Hugh Jackman leads the pack, playing a father whose daughter is kidnapped alongside her friend. When the cops fail to find the girls, he takes the law into his own hands and imprisons the man he thinks is responsible. But that’s when he runs afoul of the hotshot detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) running the case, who doesn’t exactly appreciate an otherwise well-intentioned civilian getting in the way of things.Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano are all already aboard and given this cast, we have our fingers »


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Inarritu Flies To Birdman

7 December 2012 9:20 AM, PST

When you think of the filmmakers who specialise in cinematic comedy, the first name that naturally comes to mind probably isn’t Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who has brought the world Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Biutiful and Babel. But he’s a great creative talent, so it’s exciting to discover that he’s finding his funny bone for Birdman.The plot will follow an actor whose life and career is in crisis. Gone are his salad days, when he played an iconic superhero, and now he’s looking to the Broadway stage to give him a boost. But he’s got to battle his own ego as he tries to recover his family, his career and himself.Inarritu co-wrote the script with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, and while we figure it was always intended as a comedy, we still have a twisted mental picture of his co-writers adding »


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New Pic Of The Hobbit's Great Goblin

7 December 2012 4:57 AM, PST

If the Empire office is plagued by notorious biscuit thief 'The Hobnoblin', Middle-earth has the Hob-goblin - or the Great Goblin - to contend with. Hard to know who's more nefarious, although with his army of servile goblins and Goblin Town under his wobbly fist, the Great Goblin probably shades it. This new still from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey shows Barry Humphries facing off against Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the company of dwarves.With all this Hobbity goodness, Peter Jackson is really spoiling us. First there was a (very) early look at Legolas in all his elfish splendour, now this closer look at the goblins' subterranean world. Both images come via EW.We'd seen the Lego version and his action figures, but this should give some indication of the sheer, goitery repulsiveness Gandalf and co have to deal with when the band of brothers stumble unwittingly into the midst of the goblin masses. »


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Alternate Japanese Iron Man 3 Trailer

7 December 2012 4:02 AM, PST

No "I've got a lot of apologies to make" voiceover, no bustling through the crowds, no Guy Pearce, no Rebecca Hall, no Mandarin cracking his knuckles – this new Japanese Iron Man 3 trailer is short, sweet, and to the point: there be explosions. Oh, and quips.So yes, there's not a huge amount new here, but the way it's been recut is interesting, and there's a smidge more Pepper Potts – "Honey, I'm home!" – which is always a good thing.In other words, if you've been clicking the replay button over and over on the original Iron Man 3 teaser trailer from back in late October (see below), then this could be the substitute to satiate your cravings for Ol' Shell-head for a little while longer.Iron Man 3, of course, stars Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow as well as newcomers Kingsley and Pearce. Shane Black has taken over directing »


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First Hobbit: There & Back Again Image!

7 December 2012 12:15 AM, PST

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is now mere days from release. But with that film wrapped, signed, sealed and delivered, Peter Jackson’s mind has switched to looking ahead. “Aha!” we hear you say. “To The Desolation Of Smaug!” Nope… Even further. He’s just put the first picture from The Hobbit: There And Back Again into the wild via EW.The image is likely to generate plenty of interest as it features everyone’s favourite elf (well, maybe after Bret Mackenzie’s Figwit)… Legolas!Yes, Orlando Bloom is back in the wig and the ears, cropping up as the arrow-flinging warrior. Though he doesn’t actually appear in Tolkien’s original tome, Team Hobbit has a work-around for that. “He’s elven king Thranduil’s son, and Thranduil is one of the characters in The Hobbit, and because elves are immortal it makes sense Legolas would be part of »


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Constantin Film Heads For The Dog Stars

6 December 2012 11:30 PM, PST

Best known as an "adventure" writer contributing to the likes of National Geographic and Outside, Peter Heller embarked on a different sort of professional journey last year, and wrote a novel. The result of that detour, post-apocalyptic novel The Dog Stars, has just been picked up for a film adaptation by Constantin.The German production and distribution company is the home of the Resident Evil series, so they're no strangers to the end of civilisation as we know it. But there are no zombies or corrupt corporations in The Dog Stars; the premise is that 99% of the world's population has been wiped out by a flu pandemic. So far, so The Stand.The story centres on a survivor, Hig, who ekes an existence based out of an old aircraft hangar, accompanied by his dog Jasper and his crazed ex-military neighbour Bangley. In one of his frequent short foraging trips in his vintage Cessna, »


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Exclusive American Mary Trailer

6 December 2012 4:01 PM, PST

American Mary is the name of a song by indie darlings The National. It's also the name of The Soska Sisters' new body modification horror, the trailer for which can be exclusively found below.In other words, be sure not to get the two confused, or your dinner party might be interrupted by the noise of someone starting up a surgeon's buzzsaw. Just a little tip for you there.Telling the tale of cash-strapped surgery student Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) as she becomes the empress of an underground body modification ring to pay for her college fees, it's a sinister twist on the other side of nipping and tucking, complete with bloody baseball bats and surgery professors who get a taste of their own medicine.As you can see from the trailer below, Empire's very own Kim Newman gives it the seal of approval, but give it a look for »


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The Empire Podcast #40 Is Here!

6 December 2012 4:01 PM, PST

In the latest Empire Podcast, Seven Psychopaths' Sam Rockwell and Martin McDonagh talk about the latter's follow-up to In Bruges and the former's love of dancing on screen. Expect references to Matchstick Men, shih tzus and some information that Mickey Rourke may not want to hear any time soon...Elsewhere, Warp Films' 10th anniversary is celebrated and Sightseers writers and stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram stop by for a chat about odd jumpers, caravan etiquette and how to deal with not winning an award (think table flipping and you're just about there).On top of all that, the team try to work out exactly what it is about The Wolf from Pulp Fiction that makes him worthy of such a reputation, a whole heap of movies get reviewed and the reason behind Skyfall's immense success is finally discovered. Hint: it's all thanks to Empire's Skyfall spoiler specials. Possibly. »


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