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New Image Of Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard In Macbeth

27 April 2014 12:27 PM, PDT

Is this a dagger which you see before you, the handle towards your hand? Well no, obviously not. It's a gorgeous new picture from the set of Macbeth, courtesy of issue 300 of Empire and photographer Mary McCartney, showing Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as the titular warrior and his lady wife.The film comes from Snowtown director Justin Kurzel, adapting Shakespeare's play for the big screen in - as you can see - a homespun, rough-around-the-edges take on the story.For the three of you who missed it in English lit class in school, Macbeth encounters three witches after a succesful battle and hears a prophecy that he will become King. When other of their predictions come true, he begins to wonder if they were on to something, and at the behest of his wife, decides to double down on the toil and trouble and engage in a spot of »


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Steven Spielberg Will Adapt The Bfg

27 April 2014 9:38 AM, PDT

The big colourful wheel that attempts to keep track of what Steven Spielberg might direct next has been getting quite the workout recently, with at least two new projects added to his potential film list in the last few weeks. But a surprise newcomer has gazumped the rest, as The Hollywood Reporter brings word that he’s attached to Roald Dahl’s book The BFG.Melissa Mathison, who famously wrote E.T., has written the latest draft based on the beloved children’s tale, and has been aboard since DreamWorks grabbed the rights back in 2011. Since then the classic story has been stomping through development hell, landing in the laps of directors such as John Madden and Chris Columbus.Now, however, Spielberg has taken a serious shine to the tale of young Sophie, who meets the world’s only friendly giant. He makes it his mission to collect good dreams and »


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Ben Kingsley Decides To Reach The Clouds

27 April 2014 9:36 AM, PDT

Back in January, the news broke that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Robert Zemeckis were considering a collaboration on To Reach The Clouds, the story of Philippe Petit, the daring doer featured in Man On Wire. Plans have moved on apace, because the director has his star in place and is busy surrounding him with the likes of Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale and Charlotte Le Bon.Petit, of course, is most famous – or infamous, perhaps – for pulling off a high-wire act between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. But that wasn’t his only feat, something that Man On Wire made clear.Now Zemeckis, working from a script he co-wrote with Christopher Browne, is planning to kick off shooting this summer in Montreal for a film that will explore even more of Petit’s life. Kingsley will play his mentor, while his fellow Iron Man 3 veteran Dale »


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Ready For A New Dad's Army Movie?

27 April 2014 9:35 AM, PDT

Despite all the brands currently being given a new coat of movie paint – the toys, the games, the sweets – we’re not sure we would have predicted Dad’s Army going the same way, even though rumours of a movie have floated for years and film audiences met them once before in 1971. But according to reports from the Sunday Times, it’s a done deal.The BBC – which carries more details on the story because of the Times’ pay wall – brings word that St. Trinian’s director Oliver Parker and his Johnny English Reborn script collaborator Hamish McColl are at works on script that would bring Captain Mainwaring and his dedicated but lacklustre platoon of troops to life once more.Dad’s Army, which was created by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, first aired in 1968 and ran until 1977. It followed the bumbling efforts of recruits to the Home Guard service, »


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Jude Law Set For Genius

27 April 2014 9:34 AM, PDT

In 2012, it was announced that award-winning theatre director and producer Michael Grandage would make his film directing debut with an adaptation of Max Perkins: Editor Of Genius. Back then, Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender were set to star in the film, simply called Genius, but after a period in limbo, the film is finally set to begin shooting this year, with Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jude Law in the leads.Genius is based on A. Scott Berg’s biography, which traces the story of Perkins, who worked with literary giant Thomas Wolfe on his books and developed a complicated friendship that altered their lives. Firth is set to play Perkins, with Law as Wolfe. Kidman’s role hasn’t yet been specified.Law’s casting marks the second time he’s been part of a role swap with Fassbender: on Jane Got A Gun, the X-Men star left the hero’s role, »


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Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Up To Speed With Mph

27 April 2014 9:32 AM, PDT

20th Century Fox isn’t the only filmmaking entity interested in Mark Millar’s work. Hot on the heels of his comic book Superior being optioned comes the news that Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has picked up the rights to Mph.The comic, which Millar created with Duncan Fegredo for Image, focuses on two 19-year-old n’er-do-wells who stumble on the titular street drug that offers an intriguing ability: they can suddenly move at the speed of light, but only for seven days at a time before the effect wears off. Naturally, they don’t always use these newfound powers for good.“Lorenzo's one of the few real moguls in the industry, having hired Chris Nolan for Batman and bought the rights to the Harry Potter books when he was head of Warner Bros. and then of course he's the guy behind the Transformers movies,” says Millar. “So he's »


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Universal Wins Egg & Spoon Race

27 April 2014 9:31 AM, PDT

With the adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s Oz-twisting fantasy tome Wicked now a proven stage sensation, having scored Tony awards and been performed worldwide in the 10 years since it first opened, you might imagine that rights holders Universal would be quick to jump on other Maguire books. You’d be right: the studio has optioned his upcoming story Egg & Spoon.Another fantastical tale with roots in an established story, Egg & Spoon focuses on a young girl dealing with an impoverished life in the Russian countryside. Her existence is one of scrabble and struggle, finding food while caring for her sick mother. Then one day a train arrives, bearing untold wealth and a noble family that includes a girl our heroine’s age. Soon, the two young women’s’ lives are colliding, with mistaken identity and a take on one of the most famous fairy tale tropes, an incognito prince, thrown in for good measure. »


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The Other Woman Scores At The Us Box Office

27 April 2014 9:26 AM, PDT

The reviews have been largely negative, but the audience has spoken and female bonding/revenge comedy The Other Woman opened to a solid if unspectacular $24.7 million Stateside this weekend. Woman, which stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton as three strangers who realise they’re all seeing the same guy, actually saw its takings rise between Friday and Saturday, which usually points to good word of mouth. It remains to be seen whether this has the legs necessary to make it truly successful and smash its modest $40 million budget, but it's a strong result.Despite being dislodged from its command chair, Captain America: The Winter Soldier held well, dropping just one place to second and taking in $16 million. The latest Marvel offering is now past $224 million in the States and closing on $650 million worldwide, snagging the title of highest-grossing April opening along the way and passing Iron Man 2 »


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First Trailer For Richard Linklater's Boyhood

25 April 2014 5:28 AM, PDT

It’s a time in the year when awards buzz tends to end up as a whistle in the wind but, if early word is to be believed, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood may be different. The feeling on this one is that it may just percolate in the (notoriously goldfish) memories of Academy voters for long enough to make an impression next March. Time will tell, but for now the film has a first trailer to enjoy. Watch it in full below. brightcove.createExperiences();Twelve years in the making, Boyhood stars Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lori Linklater and, most especially, Ellar Coltrane, who grows up before our eyes. Working from a script written by Richard Linklater, the director and his cast and crew have reconvened every year since 2002 (when Ellar was seven) to spend a few weeks shooting the story of a family anchored around Mason (Ellar) and his sister »


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Zack Snyder Finds a Cyborg

24 April 2014 5:36 PM, PDT

Chalk up yet another character for Zack Snyder’s follow-up to Man Of Steel, and another potential member of the Justice League showing up on screen. Theatre veteran Ray Fisher has been hired to play Cyborg.Though he’ll only be a relativity minor part in the new film, Cyborg is definitely part of the League, which just adds more fuel to the speculative fire that the new Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman outing is either set to spin off various members of the DC superhero organisation for their own films or is a stealth Justice League film in its own right. Elements of Cyborg’s background were layered into Man Of Steel with, for example, mention of S.T.A.R. Labs. So he might get a more prominent role down the line.Fisher, who was also recently mentioned as one of those in contention for a lead in Star Wars: Episode VII, »


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Podcast 108: Martin Freeman And David Cross

24 April 2014 5:05 PM, PDT

You might know him as Bilbo Baggins, or John Watson, or Tim From The Office (his character's full name), but this week Martin Freeman is actually Lester Nygaard from the new TV version of Fargo. He talks to us about everything from the joys of swearing to Billy Bob Thorton's pathological fear of antiquities.Elsewhere, David Cross drops by to talk about the new film he wrote and directed, Hits, and we resist the temptation to grill him about Arrested Development, Mr. Show and The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret. No-one does a Mrs. Featherbottom impersonation, we promise.In the non-interview portions of the podcast, the team talk about a trio of suspicious movie pitches currently gaining traction in Hollywood, and discuss the always enjoyable experience of spotting someone who is now famous playing a tiny part in an old movie. One name to get you started: Michael Shannon. »


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Jim Sheridan To Tackle Lockerbie Bombing

24 April 2014 5:02 PM, PDT

The story of the Lockerbie bombing is a bleak chapter in British history that remains raw in the extreme. News then, via The Hollywood Reporter, that Jim Sheridan is planning to make a film inspired by the events of 1988 will stir a mixture of emotions in those affected.The Irishman, who has a strong track record in directing true-life stories, notably with My Left Foot and In The Name Of The Father, with skill and sensitivity, is promising “a drama basically looking at the effect on a family of terrorism”. Eschewing the idea of a United 93-style in medias res thriller, the yet-unnamed script by the Oscar winner and Irish screenwriter Audrey O’Reilly will tackle the aftermath of the terrorist bombing that cost the lives of 270 passengers and residents of the Scottish town.The film would centre on Jim Swire, a real-life English doctor whose daughter died when »


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New Trailer For [.Rec] 4: Genesis Online

24 April 2014 5:01 PM, PDT

First announced together way back in 2010, the original idea was that [.Rec] 3: Genesis and [.Rec] 4: Apocalypse would film more-or-less concurrently and be released close together. Clearly that didn't pan out, since Genesis arrived a couple of years ago. But here, finally, is a trailer for Apocalypse, picking up Manuela Velasco's story, left hanging at the end of [.Rec] 2.Series honchos Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza directed the first two [.Rec]s in tandem, but went solo for the prequel and this threequel, taking one each. Plaza handled Genesis, so Apocalypse is Balaguero's, and sees Velasco's Angela rescued and taken to an impromptu base set up on an oil tanker. Inevitably, however, the quarantine doesn't hold, and the survivors are soon once again faced with infected victims of the franchise's unique, peculiarily Catholic zombie rabies virus.Genesis abandoned the first two films' chaotic handheld found footage style after its first few minutes, »


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Mark Strong Heads To Grimsby

24 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

Mark Strong has played both heroes and villains and we know he can be funny when it counts. For his next trick, he’s going to have to put up with a rowdy Sacha Baron Cohen, joining the cast of Grimsby.With a script from Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham, the new comedy finds a top-notch British secret agent (Strong) forced to go on the lam with his long-lost, loud-mouthed brother (Cohen), a football hooligan who hails from… well, you can work that out from the title. Now You See Me director Louis Leterrier will be bringing his action background to the film, which will be more along the lines of The Dictator than Cohen’s ambush-style comedy of Borat and Bruno.Sony is backing this one, working alongside Nira Park and Big Talk productions, but there’s no word on an exact start date yet. Strong, who was »


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Peter Serafinowicz Will Spy

24 April 2014 12:57 PM, PDT

Though the cameras are already rolling, Paul Feig is making sure international audiences pay attention to his latest collaboration with Melissa McCarthy, Spy, by recruiting talent from around the globe. New to the cast are Peter Serafinowicz, Bollywood regular Nargis Fakhri and Swedish comedian Bjorn Gustafsson.As if that wasn’t enough to add to the Eurovision (well, world-vision, given Nargis) flavour, Feig is also hiring Ukrainian pop star Verka Serduchka, who scored second place in the Eurovision event back in 2007. She’ll be recreating her performance with her dancers for the film.Spy focuses on the unlikely espionage abilities of McCarthy’s character, Susan Cooper, as she deals with threats and assistance from the likes of Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Bobby Cannavale, Miranda Hart, Nia Long and 50 Cent. “There are so many actors worldwide that I’ve been dying to work with and Nargis, Peter and Bjorn »


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Disney Invites You To A Feast

24 April 2014 12:50 PM, PDT

In recent years, short animated films have once again become a staple in front of Disney’s ‘toon features, and with the Mouse House’s latest offering, Big Hero Six, arriving later this year in the States and early in 2015 in the UK, the company has announced the title and basic concept for its latest, Feast.Directed by Patrick Osborne, who been an animator and animation supervisor on the likes of Bolt, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and Paperman, Feast will tell the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend: his dog Winston. The ups and downs of the various relationships are shown via their shared meal times. No other details have been revealed beyond the first still image showing the dog’s bowl and his shadow (above) and the title logo. It sounds a little reminiscent of another new project announced this week, »


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Monty Python's Reunion Show Will Hit Screens

24 April 2014 12:49 PM, PDT

Despite the extra shows, there were still many people who missed out on tickets to see the Monty Python team reunite for Monty Python Live (mostly) at the O2 Arena in London. There’s good news today, because Picturehouse Entertainment had grabbed the rights to screen the show’s July 20 final date.In addition to the 450 screens planned for the UK screening, 1,500 film theatres across the world are being reserved for the event. The show will feature the five surviving Pythons – John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam – performing a mixture of classic sketches, songs and new material with the added element of video screens."Thanks to the wonderful invention of moving pictures, The Last Night of Monty Python is coming to a cinema near you. Join the crowd live from London’s O2 in a final weepy, hilarious, uproarious, outrageous, farewell to the five remaining »


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Friday The 13th Scares Up New TV Series

24 April 2014 12:46 PM, PDT

We know Jason Voorhees likes to take his sweet time when he’s stalking his victims on the big screen in the Friday The 13th franchise. But it seems he’s taking too long to make it back to cinemas for some of the people responsible for his creation, so a new TV series based on the character is now in the early stages.Sean S. Cunningham, the man who wrote the story and directed the original Friday The 13th (which admittedly was more focused on – spoiler alert – Mrs. Voorhees as the killer, who takes revenge for her son’s accidental death at Camp Crystal Lake), will be the executive producer for the new show. Actual writing duties will fall to Bill Basso and Jordu Schell, who have been set to create a series that explores Jason in different time periods, though anchored around a modern-day story. From the sounds of it, »


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Trust Me Trailer Arrives

24 April 2014 12:19 PM, PDT

Clark Gregg might be best known right now as Agent Phil Coulson, who died at the hands of Loki in The Avengers only to be reborn ready to lead Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. on TV. But he’s also a writer and director, and has secured a release for his latest, Hollywood satire-meets-underdog tale Trust Me. The new trailer for the indie pic is online over at Apple.Trust Me finds Gregg starring as Howard Holloway, a down-on-his luck agent for child actors. After discovering a 13-year-old acting prodigy (Saxon Sharbino), he is poised to close the deal of a lifetime which would catapult his tween client and, at long last, himself, into the big time.But to do so, he’ll also have to deal with her volatile, overprotective father (Paul Sparks) and outwit all manner of Hollywood sharks including a sneaky producer (Felicity Huffman) and his slick nemesis, »


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The Third Hobbit Is Now Subtitled The Battle Of The Five Armies

24 April 2014 8:05 AM, PDT

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit has seen many ups and downs in its journey to the screen. It's changed director, gone from two films to three, and now sees the third film retitled from There And Back again, the book's subtitle, to The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.There were rumours last week that the film's title might change, with Into The Fire then said to be the likely moniker. But (and we totally called this on last week's podcast) the filmmakers have gone with the name of the climactic clash in Tolkien's book. Well, close to it; strictly, in the book, it's called The Battle Of Five Armies with no additional definite article. Here's what Jackson had to say about the change."Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. »


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