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Lawrence On For David O. Russell's Next

17 February 2013 10:45 AM, PST

David O. Russell seems to want to turn his next, untitled con man movie into something of a Silver Linings Playbook reunion. He already has Playbook’s Bradley Cooper starring in the film. So who could join him? Try Jennifer Lawrence.The film itself – once titled American Bullsh*t – is turning into something of an O. Russell ensemble piece, with Cooper already starring alongside Christian Bale and Amy Adams. As for the plot, that follows con man Melvin Weinberg (Bale) who works scams with partner Maxine Gardner (Adams).When driven FBI agent Jimmy Boyle (Cooper) busts them, he offers the pair a deal: help run a sting that takes in mob criminals and, more intriguingly, crooked politicians during the 1970s. It’s all based on a true story, though elements are being shifted around with dramatic license in Eric Singer’s script. Lawrence is on to play Bale’s wife in the film. »

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Argo Scoops Writers Guild Adapted Award

17 February 2013 10:44 AM, PST

Argo continued its triumphant awards run at the Writers Guild of America Awards last night, scoring Best Adapted Screenplay for writer Chris Terrio. The gong is just one more indication that it’s a strong contender for a similar prize at next weekend’s Oscars.Another big prizewinner, Zero Dark Thirty’s Mark Boal, took home Best Original Screenplay for his work on the story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. And in a popular documentary win, Searching For Sugar Man’s Malik Bendejelloul snagged a trophy for his script.Over on the TV front, Breaking Bad won for Drama Series, while Louie took Comedy Series. New Series went to Girls and the separate episode awards went to Mad Men’s The Other Woman and Modern Family’s Virgin Territory.A list of the major awards is below.FilmORIGINAL SCREENPLAYZero Dark Thirty, written by Mark BoalFlight, written by John GatinsLooper, »

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Red Band Trailer For About Last Night

17 February 2013 10:43 AM, PST

We’ve just made it through this year’s Valentine’s Day, but Sony’s Screen Gems division and director Steve Pink already want us thinking about next year’s Cupidity. Not because they’re planning some horrific sequel to Valentine’s Day, but because they’ve remade About Last Night and are releasing it next year. Check out the Red Band trailer full of some possibly Nsfw lurve connections below.Working once again from David Mamet’s play Sexual Perversity In Chicago (which was originally adapted into prattle of the sexes rom com favourite About Last Night… during the Brat Pack heyday of the ‘80s), the film follows two very different pairs of lovers.Joy Bryant and Michael Ealy play the couple that get together and seem to fit perfectly for the most part. Then we have Kevin Hart and Regina Hall as the squabbling best friends to our central pair, »

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Sam Mendes May Return For Bond 24

17 February 2013 10:39 AM, PST

Though Skyfall has been a massive success for the Bond franchise, it wasn’t a done deal that director Sam Mendes would return to oversee any follow-up. Indeed, Bond directors usually make one film then move on. But now it looks like Mendes is tempted to reunite with Daniel Craig for another shot.It’s still nowhere near locked in – no contracts have been signed yet – but according to Baz Bamigboye (who was a reliable reporter on Skyfall’s development), Mendes is now 75% of the way towards accepting the job.Apparently he’s been won over by producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson deciding not to go with John Logan’s idea of two linked films for Bond 24 and 25. It now appears that the two movies will stand alone. Since that means two films won’t be shot back to back, Mendes isn’t faced with giving up four »

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Harrison Ford Back For Star Wars VII?

15 February 2013 11:19 AM, PST

Time to dig out that Star Wars Rumour Alert siren we stole from a Star Destroyer (at the cost of many Bothans’ lives, but we figure they’re used to it by now): the mighty scoop hounds over at Latino Review are reporting that Harrison Ford has made a deal to return for Star Wars VII.This has yet to be confirmed by Disney itself, though the Review crew have been enjoying a successful run of leak reporting and Ford has previously said he's open to the idea, so chances are it could well turn out to be true.No details have emerged about what it might entail should it emerge blinking into reality, but you’d got to figure it’s so that Han and likely Luke and Leia can show up as their older selves in Episode VII, which Jj Abrams is directing from Michael Arndt’s script. »

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Helen Mirren In Monsters University

15 February 2013 6:39 AM, PST

As if the trailer and character announcement weren't enough, this week now brings us a promotional message from the Monsters University Dean Hardscrabble, aka Helen Mirren, via the film's YouTube channel. Check it out here. ...First Helen Mirren goes and gets pink hair; now it turns out she's voicing a character in a cartoon. Maybe she really is aging backwards and that explains how good she looks. In any case the Oscar-winning star will be voicing Dean Hardscrabble of Monsters University, and you can see her in action in the new UK trailer below.  brightcove.createExperiences();This gives us a bit more info about the film, which has young Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) being assigned a college room shared with James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) as both compete to become Scarers worthy of the name. Things, however, do not go smoothly, and they fall in with some of the oddballs - or, »

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Podcast 48: Courtney, Morrissey, Oyelowo

15 February 2013 2:01 AM, PST

The 48th Empire Podcast is here, and it's a bumper-sized beauty, clocking in at around 90 minutes and featuring five interviewees over four interviews.The guests: Jai Courtney, David Morrissey, David Oyelowo, Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert. The films: A Good Day To Die Hard, Beautiful Creatures, This Is 40. The news: Robert Downey Jr., Quentin Tarantino, the BAFTAs. The questions: a bit weird.So listen out for chit-chat on the best examples of actors playing themselves on film, whether a movie that's heavily embargoed can ever be good and a theory about John McClane's Samson-like hair, all in this week's Empire Podcast...P.S. Don't forget to check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. »

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Universal Conjures Another Mummy Script

14 February 2013 8:09 PM, PST

The twists and turns are already coming for Universal’s planned reboot of the Mummy franchise. We’ve already got Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts hired to write a version of the script, but now, according to Vulture, the studio has Shattered Glass/Hunger Games scribe Billy Ray also working away on a parallel modern-day version of the story to consider alongside Spaihts' screenplay.Assuming this turns out to be true and not entombed in a rumour casket, the latest word comes on top of Len Wiseman directing and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci producing alongside Sean Daniel.The plan, apparently, is to ensure there is a workable draft ready to go for a shoot later this year so the film could plug into a summer 2014 release slot. You’d have to feel for Spaihts, who saw Prometheus re-written by Damon Lindelof and now potentially facing someone else writing the Mummy gig instead of him. »

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Thomas Jane Enters The Wet House

14 February 2013 4:01 PM, PST

Former Punisher and Mist-battler Thomas Jane had a rough ride with the studio bods on his last directorial effort Dark Country. He publicly complained about the final cut and the lack of a theatrical release, but the experience doesn't seem to have burned him too badly, since he's about to head back behind the camera for The Wet House, in which he'll also star.The title refers to an establishment that's kind of the polar opposite of a rehab facility: a wet house is apparently a place where substance abusers and addicts go to die, when their afflictions place them beyond recovery. It's a new one on us, but writer Jack Reher seems confident that it's a thing. The film's story involves a doctor at the facility - presumably Jane's character - enduring a haunting and slowly losing his mind.Reher's screenplay is loosely based on, of all things, a short story by Charles Dickens. »

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New Fast & Furious 6 Trailer Arrives

14 February 2013 12:54 PM, PST

We’ve seen the Super Bowl spot. We’ve watched the big trailer that followed after it. Now comes the theatrical cut promo for Fast & Furious 6, which, while it doesn’t exactly re-invent the screeching wheels, has a couple of new snippets. Check it out below. This time around, Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and the rest of the gang assembled for Fast Five are asked by dogged law enforcement type Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to help him take down a nasty former British special forces type named Owen Shaw (Luke Evans).They’re initially reticent, since the heist in Rio left them all rich and able to hide away. But when Dom negotiates for full pardons, our motley crew of car experts and other criminals apply their usual brand of vehicular warfare. Cue cars, tanks, planes and other assorted toys going smash, crash and boom…For those of »

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Chris Hemsworth On For New Thriller

14 February 2013 12:53 PM, PST

We already know that Chris Hemsworth isn’t content to simply sit around in his Asgardian togs between Thor: The Dark World and reporting for duty on the Avengers sequel. He’s attached to several movies, but Variety reports he’s also now signing on for a new Michael Mann project.Mann, who hasn’t made a film since 2009’s Public Enemies, is planning an untitled technofear thriller backed by Legendary Pictures. Though he’s been developing other projects alongside it, he’s been working on this new film for more than a year, co-writing the script with Morgan Davis.He’s keeping the main details close to his chest for now, but apparently it’ll be set in a world of cyber threats and software viral attacks.Legendary will be hoping this one comes together, as Mann has tried to get various movies off the ground in the last »

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Dean Norris Heads Under The Dome

14 February 2013 12:51 PM, PST

Though we must admit our telly-loving hearts are cracking at the idea of Breaking Bad coming to an end, we are glad the show is getting to go out on a high and with the chance to wrap its storyline up properly. And with the cast free to pursue other jobs, they’re now popping up elsewhere. Dean Norris – Aka DEA agent Hank Schrader – has just landed a deal to play the villain in the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s Under The Dome.The series, which has already been ordered by Us network CBS, charts what happens when a small New England town called Chester’s Mill is sealed off from the rest of the world by a mysterious, transparent force field.Within the dome, the worst elements of human nature start to surface with politician/car dealership owner James “Big Jim” Rennie (Norris) seizing the chance to take control of the town. »

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Latest Trailer For The Host Online

14 February 2013 12:08 PM, PST

Valentine’s Day seems as good a time as any to release the new trailer for a romantic sci-fi adventure, and the filmmakers behind The Host agree. Check out the latest promo for the film below.The Host, adapted by Gattaca’s Andrew Niccol from Stephenie Meyer’s alien invasion novel, finds the Earth’s population all but assimilated by a crafty alien species that infests our brains and wipes our personalities.Almost all of humanity is now under the control of this seemingly benign but secretive race known as “souls” and they’re working to track down the remaining pockets of resistance.One of the unconverted humans is the strong-willed Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), who would rather die than let herself get brain-snatched. But when she’s badly injured fleeing a squad of the alien-infested humans led by The Seeker (Diane Kruger), Stryder is captured and a powerful member »

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New Oblivion Trailer Lands

14 February 2013 5:56 AM, PST

It may sound like a Calvin Klein eau de toilette, but Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion is a Tom-Cruise-in-orbit epic that smells of nothing more than sweaty spacesuits, grime and the heady whiff of Asimov-inspired science fiction. The movie has a new trailer and you can watch right here, right now. Cruise's first sci-fi foray since War Of The Worlds pitches him onto a blasted Earth, both scarred by a conflict with an alien power. As a worker called Jack Harper, he's tasked with a monotonous maintenance job repairing broken drones on the blasted landscape.Since everything he knows, or thinks he knows, has been passed down from faceless powers at the other end of a remote receiver, he takes his role - and life - on trust. But who can he trust? Judging by this trailer, absolutely nobody; although Olga Kurylenko's mysterious beauty - a flashback from a distant »

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Hayley Atwell Back For Captain America 2

13 February 2013 8:34 PM, PST

There's never a bad time to write a story about Hayley Atwell and her kick-ass '40s superhero pin-up Peggy Carter, but we'd almost given up on the two ever crossing paths again. But no! The good folk at Collider have spoken with Stanley Tucci and he let slip that Atwell's character will return in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. "I know that Hayley is going back to do a flashback scene," revealed Tucci. Sadly, he won't be doing likewise as Dr. Abraham Erskine. "I have not been asked unfortunately."Either those original denials about Peggy's involvement were so much jiggery-pokery or the Tuch has got the wrong end of the Marvel stick. We're guessing the former. The man knows science. Besides, who could resist a heart-melting scene in which Cap (Chris Evans) thinks back over a lost life - and love - to a mournful Alan Menken ditty? See, »

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New Red Band Trance Trailer

13 February 2013 4:30 PM, PST

We wondered, while watching this new, red band trailer for Danny Boyle’s brain-itching thriller Trance, where the “Red Band” element would come into play. For a while, it just seemed like a re-mix of the first trailer, with a few more drops of blood and the odd flash of flesh. And then… it hits. The moment. Which, if we’re honest, you might want to wait and see in cinemas, though brave souls can take a look below. Trance, set in the streets of fair London town and boasting the likes of James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson, pitches an art boffin into the middle of a heist.As Cassel and his gang steal Goya’s Witches in the Air, McAvoy is roped in to assist, but suffers a blow to the head after the crime and can’t remember where he stashed the painting. When threats and »

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Dinklage On For Days Of Future Past

13 February 2013 4:29 PM, PST

Good news for fans of a man known for great acting, a quick sense of humour and, possibly most importantly, slapping the living daylights out of Joffrey Baratheon on Game Of Thrones (see below). Yes, Tyrion Lannister himself, better known as Peter Dinklage, has joined the cast of X-Men: Days Of Future Past.Bryan Singer broke the news himself on Twitter but, unlike most of his other announcements, this one comes wrapped in more mystery as Dinklage is not a veteran of the other X-Men movies, so we don’t yet know what role he’s taking. Officially like to welcome #PeterDinklage from #GameOfThrones to #Xmen #DaysofFuturePast Very very excited!— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) February 14, 2013 The film will see mutants from different time periods fighting to stop a potential future where they are corralled in internment camps and Sentinels patrol the streets.Already announced as returning to roles are (deep breath) James McAvoy, »

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Hugh Laurie Off To Tomorrowland

13 February 2013 11:10 AM, PST

As the secrecy and the theories about what it will actually feature continue to swirl, work goes on to set to Brad Bird’s top-secret new Disney project Tomorrowland. We already know George Clooney is playing the lead, but he apparently needs a villain to go up against and Bird has set its sights on Hugh Laurie.Originally codenamed 1952 and rumoured to be about UFO activity in the style of Close Encounters, Tomorrowland remains largely under wraps as Bird and writers Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen stay coy.Right now, we don’t know whom Clooney is playing, and Laurie’s character is simply listed in the Hollywood Reporter’s story as the antagonist. Bird is in pre-production for the film, and is set to kick off making it next month for a December 2014 release across the pond.Laurie, who got used to squeezing film gigs into his limited downtime »

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David Ayer Has Fury

13 February 2013 11:08 AM, PST

Having found yet another fresh angle on the cop drama with End Of Watch, David Ayer is currently pulling Arnold Schwarzenegger thriller Ten through post-production. But he’s had time to work up another script, locking down a deal to direct World War II tank pic Fury.The title comes from the tank itself, a five-man beast of a vehicle fighting through Germany as the Nazi regime collapses in 1945. Despite its leadership crumbling, the German Army continues to be a big threat, and the crew of the tank face real challenges.Real seems to be the watchword for Ayer here, who appears to be looking to do for the war genre what he’s previously done for police stories. In a statement picked up by Deadline, he explains that his idea is to “bring a fresh execution to the genre. What these men went through is worthy of a complex, »

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The Internship Trailer Boots Up

13 February 2013 11:07 AM, PST

After a detour into sci-fi drama with Real Steel, Shawn Levy has returned to full-on comedy with The Internship, featuring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two salesmen competing for possible jobs at Google. The first trailer is online – via Google, not so shockingly – and can be watched below.The Wedding Crashers duo reunites for the tale of two old school salesmen whose company, led by disreputable boss John Goodman, collapses.Desperate to find new work, they hatch a plan to apply to Google’s intern programme, hoping it’ll lead to jobs. But they soon find themselves out of their depth in a crowd of young, geeky geniuses who know far more about the modern work environment and are just waiting to run rings around our heroes. But could the experienced guys have a thing or two to teach them?Our guess, based on this, is probably. But while »

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