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Lionsgate Creating Movie From Dust

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Best known for comedies like Dodgeball and We're The Millers, writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber is taking a rather different direction for a future project. He's developing a movie based on the board game and graphic novel Dust, which has just found a home at studio Lionsgate. Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, The Lego Movie) is producing.Not to be confused with the god simulator From Dust, this Dust is based on the tabletop strategy game by Paolo Parente. Parente went solo to create the game after working on Magic: The Gathering and Mutant Chronicles, and spun it into enough of a cult success that it now has its own convention in Arizona.Players work their way through scenarios in a steampunk 1940s where WWII is still raging and the world has been divided into three blocs. Based around a cards-and-dice system, the aim is to rack up 'victory points' for taking control of power sources, »


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Diablo Cody Writing The Barbie Movie

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Last year, the improbably-proportioned doll Barbie and her parent company Mattel suffered an embarrassing PR gaff with a storybook about a computer engineer Barbie who needed the men in her office to do her coding for her. With the resultant universal opprobrium (and Feminist Hacker Barbie parodies) clearly very fresh in their minds, Mattel and Sony have been careful to position the developing Barbie movie as being all about female empowerment. Sex And The City's Jenny Bicks took the first crack at the screenplay, and it's just been revealed that the writer of the next draft will be Diablo Cody.Cody, of course, famously hauled herself through the glass ceiling, from stripping to Hollywood A-list status via scripts like Juno, Jennifer's Body and Young Adult. She made her directorial debut in 2013 with Paradise (although that one has yet to see release in the UK)."Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs, »


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New Trailer For Avengers: Age Of Ultron Smashes In

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With just a few weeks to go before Avengers: Age Of Ultron arrives in cinemas, you're probably in one of two camps. Camp One: desperate to see more footage, ideally in a trailer form. Camp Two: desperate to see no more footage, ideally until the film comes out. If you're in Camp One, congratulations! Here's the new Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer. If you're in Camp Two, well, good luck staying in Camp Two.The plot, as you’ll likely know by now, finds malevolent machine intelligence Ultron (voiced and performed by James Spader along with a team of CG experts) posing a terrible threat to Stark, Cap, Banner and the rest – not only is it powerful enough to reduce large swathes of the world to rubble, it also helps sprout the lingering seeds of discontent between the Avengers themselves, which could well tear them apart from within. Back on »


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Dan Stevens In Talks For Beauty And The Beast

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All-round good bloke (and Empire spirit animal following his barnstorming performance in The GuestDan Stevens is going to be beastly again. But this time, it’s for a good cause as he’s in talks to will play one of the title roles opposite Emma Watson in Disney’s new, live-action take on Beauty And The Beast. And he’s not the only one. Luke Evans is also close to a role in the film, looking to be Gaston.With a script that has most recently seen work from Steven Chbosky, Beauty And The Beast will once more unspool the tale of the young woman (Watson) who is romanced by a cursed prince turned into a beast (Stevens), and ultimately chooses the hairy creature over her jealous suitor, Gaston (Evans). He, in turn, deals with the rejection somewhat awkwardly, gathering a mob of townspeople to hunt down and try to kill the creature. »


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Ridley Scott Wants To Bring Flashman Back To Screens

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The cad to end all cads, Sir Harry Paget Flashman, has already stepped once from the pages of George MacDonald Fraser’s work and on to the screen, in the shape of Malcolm McDowell in 1975’s Royal Flash. Ridley Scott thinks the character can still work in movies, as he’s teaming up with 20th Century Fox to develop a film around him.Flashman, who originally appeared in Thomas Hughes’ 1857 novel Tom Brown’s school days was spun by Fraser into a lucrative series of 11 novels and a collection of short stories that together form The Flashman Papers. Though Flash himself was fictional, he rubbed shoulders (and occasionally other things) with many real-life historical people in the books, as his adventures take him through a variety of notable events including the charge of the Light Brigade and the Crimean War. Despite his cowardly tendencies and capacity for self-preservation, he’s a capable, »


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Zachary Quinto Joins Hannibal

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Fannibals will have noticed that there is a healthy portion of Empire’s TV special in the current issue devoted to their favourite show, and we don’t mean The Great British Bake-Off. No, we’re referring to Hannibal, which has been scooping up guest stars as it continues work on its third season. The latest to hop aboard the series is Zachary Quinto.Quite what the Star Trek actor will be up to in the series remains to be seen; Entertainment Weekly’s story only mentions that he’ll be a patient of Gillian Anderson’s shrink Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier. Which, given that – spoiler alert in case you haven’t seen the end of Season Two – she was last spotted getting on a plane with Mads Mikkelsen’s Dr. Hannibal Lecter, probably means he’s not in for a particularly easy time of it. Apparently, he’s slated »


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Bruce Willis Heads For Misery On Stage

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For years, the words “Bruce Willis” and “Misery” have largely referred to his feelings about hitting the contractual press tour for his latest film. But he’s set to change that definition by making his first foray into Broadway theatre performance with a new stage version of Stephen King’s Misery.Willis will take over the role of Paul Sheldon, played in the film by James Caan. In case you haven’t seen Rob Reiner’s Oscar-winning take on the story, Sheldon is a novelist whose car crashes on a snowy road. Rescued by Annie Wilkes, a nurse who claims to be his “number one fan” Paul comes to realise that he’s actually trapped with a lunatic who demands that he brings her favourite character from his books – Misery Chastain – back to life. When Sheldon refuses, Annie goes to increasingly violent lengths to convince him. William Goldman, who wrote the script for the film, »


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Fox Sets T.S. Nowlin To Adapt Third Maze Runner Book

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With the success of the first film based on James Dashner’s book series, 20th Century Fox have long since set the machine in motion for The Maze Runner to become a franchise. The sequel, Scorch Trials, is set for release later this year and now the studio has set the films’ writer, T.S. Nowlin, to adapt the third of Dashner’s tomes, The Death Cure. The first movie found Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, who wakes up in a mysterious elevator transporting him into a massive maze filled with other boys. With no memory of exactly who he is, and plagued by strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as Wicked, he soon discovers that something is very, very wrong.Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a means of escape. But »


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Teaser Trailer For Ian McKellen's Mr Holmes Lands

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There have been many clues surrounding the curious case of, um, Mr Holmes - the Sherlock Holmes film that sees Gods & Monsters collaborators Bill Condon and Ian McKellen working together again - with stills, posters, scenes and cameos all revealed, but no actual trailer. Finally, here is that actual trailer, a teaser for the newly-announced June 19 release. brightcove.createExperiences();The cinematic adaptation of Mitch Cullen's novel Slight Trick Of The Mind, Mr Holmes finds the fictional investigateive genius a retired 93 year-old in 1947. Confronting the dimming of his acute mental abilities, he’s recently returned from a trip to Japan in search of a plant with curative properties, which also saw him witness first-hand the devastation of nuclear warfare. Retreating to a seaside Sussex farmhouse with only his housekeeper Mrs. Munroe (Laura Linney) and her young son Roger (Milo Parker) for company, Holmes comes to rely on the lad as he »


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First Trailer For Self/Less

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What would you do if you were inordinately wealthy, but your body was starting to fail you thanks to the grasping claws of cancer? If you’re Damian Hill (Ben Kingsley), you turn to the best science your piles of dosh can buy to try to achieve immortality. The first trailer for Self/Less has arrived for your viewing needs. At first it all seems to work out for Damian who, encouraged by the velvet voice of Matthew Goode’s Allbright, agrees to undergo a radical procedure that will inject his consciousness into what he’s told is a living empty shell. And when he wakes up in the body of a much younger, stronger and more handsome fellow (Ryan Reynolds), all appears well. He’s able to enjoy his great wealth with this youthful frame, running, partying, sailing, driving and bedding the sort of partners he hasn’t seen for years. »


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Peanuts Movie Character Posters Online

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So that you don’t forget that there is film starring Charles M. Schulz’s Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts kids coming our way later this year, Fox has released a new set of character posters. Check them out in all their yellow glory below. The film, which bears the somewhat unwieldy title Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie in this country, finds Charlie Brown in typically anxious mode as he embarks on a small-scale quest to find something he believes is truly important to him. Snoopy, meanwhile, has much bigger ambitions, taking to the skies in pursuit of his aerial arch nemesis, The Red Baron. Directed by Ice Age: Continental Drift’s Steve Martino and produced by Paul Feig, the film also features input from Schulz family members Craig and Bryan, with extra script work from Cornelius Uliano. It’s been crafted using the latest CG tech, »


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Daniel Von Bargen 1950-2015

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He could be terrifying in horror movies and terrifyingly stern in his numerous turns as an authority figure, but prolific, talented character actor Daniel Von Bargen turned his hand to many different roles. It has now been confirmed that he has died at the age of 64.Von Bargen, born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1950, and studied at Purdue University in Indiana. Theatre was one of his driving passions; he enjoyed a long residency at the Trinity Repertory Company in Rhode Island and appeared in productions for the American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts, which saw him head for New York, appearing both on and off Broadway. Film-wise, he became known as a reliable character actor, able to be threatening and commanding and picking up a variety of roles as police officers and military men in films such as Silence Of The Lambs, Basic Instinct, Rising Sun, Six Degrees Of Separation, Philadelphia, Crimson Tide »


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Jeff Goldblum Back For Independence Day 2

4 March 2015 1:39 AM, PST

Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel has been lurking in the inky blackness of space for almost as long as that alien mothership in the first movie, but it’s finally taking shape and has an increasingly familiar hue to it. ID4’s neurotic boffin with daddy issues, Jeff Goldblum’s MIT grad David Levinson, is back for the director’s follow-up. Emmerich confirmed the news alongside the official announcement of Liam Hemsworth’s casting via the medium of Twitter, adding to news of an new lead in Will Smith’s absence.Alongside Goldblum (who has been in informal discussions since last year) and Hemsworth comes Jessie Usher who will appear as the son of Smith's Captain Steven Hiller in the new film. The first Independence Day helped launch Smith as a movie star and Usher, an up-and-comer with TV and movie credits to his name, will be hoping that »


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Cary Fukunaga Updates On It

4 March 2015 1:19 AM, PST

Cary Fukunaga has recently delivered True Detective's masterful first season and completed the Idris Elba-starring Beasts Of No Nation. But his long-gestating two-film adaptation of Stephen King's It remains in active development. Speaking to Brazilian newspaper O Globo, Fukunaga has revealed that King is an enthusiastic advocate of the latest screenplay, and that the difficult search for the perfect Pennywise continues.The clown Pennywise is, for those unfamiliar, the form that the unknowable evil entity It takes the better to terrorise the group of childhood friends attempting to face it down. He was memorably played by Tim Curry in the so-so '90s TV version. Some forumites have suggested the leftfield casting of Tilda Swinton for the new iteration, and frankly, we can't now imagine anyone better.Elsewhere in the Fukunaga interview, perhaps more interesting than non-casting stories is the news that the novel's timeframe has been updated. »


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Game Of Thrones' Rose Leslie Joins Luther

4 March 2015 1:15 AM, PST

A new two-part Luther special is underway, no doubt boasting all the growly detective work we’ve come to expect and love from everyone’s favourite bellowing London copper. What it won’t have, according to The Wrap’s scoop, is Ruth Wilson’s whipsmart sociopath to provide a menacing yin to the big man’s righteous yang. Instead, Game Of Thrones’ flinty Ygritte, Rose Leslie, has signed on for the show’s return, alongside The Inbetweeners Movie’s Laura Haddock.Leslie will play a new character called Emma Jones, although whether she’ll be filling the psycho gap remains to be. Wilson’s Alice Morgan was one of the best things in Luther’s previous three seasons, simultaneously sinister and alluring and occasionally even outmatching the careworn copper with a cool intellect that was always calculating, always running the numbers. Like an old-fashioned femme fatale or a flirtier Moriarty, »


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Steve Martin Joins Billy Lynn.s Long Halftime Walk

3 March 2015 8:38 PM, PST

Now that Ang Lee has found his main man in newcomer Joe Alwyn, he’s locking in the rest of the cast for his latest, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Steve Martin is set to co-star alongside Garrett Hedlund.Adapted by Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy from Ben Fountain's book, the story follows the titular 19-year-old soldier (Alwyn), who along with his squad has survived a tough battle in Iraq that made headlines and turned the troops into instant celebrities.Shipped home for a promotional tour by the army, they’re scheduled to return to combat after the final engagement of the trip, a halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day American football game in Texas. As the game progresses, we see flashbacks of what Billy and his platoon endured in the heat of battle.Deadline’s report on the casting makes no mention of what role Martin or Hedlund will play, »


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Community Season Six Trailer Online

3 March 2015 6:37 PM, PST

Alhough it looked for a moment as though cult sitcom Community might never achieve the hashtagged fan dream of six seasons and a movie, the show has survived thanks to a pickup by Yahoo!, which has moved the show to its Screen service online ready for launch later this month. Now the Avengers-spoofing trailer for the sixth season has arrived. From the evidence of this, Greendale Community College is just as wacky and weird as ever, with plenty of the usual madness on display. The trailer naturally foregrounds the bigger comedy concepts and pop culture references that show creator Dan Harmon and his team have become adept at whisking into a satisfying whole. Hopefully the new episodes will also retain the emotional underpinning that has been a key component. With remaining regulars Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, Dani Pudi and Ken Jeong on full display here, there »


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Bryan Singer Adapting The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

3 March 2015 4:40 PM, PST

He might be deep in pre-production on his latest foray into the mutant world of the X-Men with Apocalypse but Bryan Singer is keeping one eye out for potential other projects. He’s now attached to direct an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s science-fiction tome The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.Marc Guggenheim, best known at the moment for working on shows such as Arrow and The Flash, will write the script drawn from Heinlein’s 1966 novel.The plot finds a lunar colony deciding that it really doesn’t want to be ruled by Earth and the political/military fallout that comes with the choice to revolt. Heinlein was nominated for the Nebula award and took home the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967.And given how popular his work has been as fodder for screen adaptations – think The Puppet Masters and Starship Troopers – this is a »


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Steven Spielberg's New Film Now Titled Bridge Of Spies

3 March 2015 4:01 PM, PST

Steven Spielberg completed shooting on his Untitled Cold War Thriller last year without ever settling on a name. That appears now to have changed, however, since screenwriter Marc Platt has casually revealed that it's actually called Bridge Of Spies. Tom Hanks stars in the film, which boasts a screenplay begun by Matt Charman and overhauled by the Coen Brothers.The story is based on the true-life tale of James Donovan (Hanks); a lawyer who was pushed headfirst into the Cold War during the 1960s when he had to negotiate for the release of downed U2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers after the airman was shot down over Russia.The title as it now stands refers to the popular Cold War nickname for what's now the Glienicke Bridge connecting Wannsee and Potsdam: East and West Germany at the time the film is set. Its official name then was the Bridge of Unity, »


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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Character Posters Fly In

3 March 2015 1:38 PM, PST

Update: Mark Ruffalo got in on the action by Tweeting out the Hulk's character poster. And here's Samuel L. Jackson, who delivered Black Widow and Thor. Jeremy Renner got into the action via Whosay, putting Hawkeye's poster online.  Plus... "On your left!" Here comes Chris Evans with Cap's poster. With just two months to go until Avengers: Age Of Ultron arrives on these shores, the promotional campaign is kicking up into shock and awe levels. Yesterday brought the main one-sheet for the movie, but if that was a little crowded for your tastes, Robert Downey Jr. has slipped into his Mark 360 Twitter suit to deliver an Iron Man-centric image. We firmly expect more images to arrive in the following days (and possibly weeks – this is a big cast), but of course it figures that Tony Stark would go first: he’s not going to let anyone steal his spotlight, »


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