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Edgar Wright Heads For Grasshopper Jungle

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Though he left Marvel's Ant-Man, it appears Edgar Wright hasn’t got the idea of insects completely out of his system. Sony has now secured his services for the adaptation of Andrew Smith Dutton’s novel Grasshopper Jungle.It’s an intriguing project for Wright, and very different from anything he’s done before despite Scott Pilgrim’s blend of youthful issues and fantasy. Beautiful Girls writer Scott Rosenberg is adapting the story, which finds an Iowa teenager in the grip of hormonal madness who, along with his friends, somehow unleashes a genetically engineered plague that causes six-foot-tall praying mantises upon their community and beyond who end up getting up to everything the teens wish they could – having sex, eating and fighting. Teenagers today, huh? Bloomin’ typical: if they’re not playing with their X-stations or their digital watches, they’re playing God.This will not be Wright’s next »


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Joaquin Phoenix In Early Talks For Doctor Strange

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Since Scott Derrickson was officially confirmed as director for the film, the big question swirling around Marvel’s Doctor Strange is who will become the Sorcerer Supreme. The question may now have an answer, with The Wrap reporting that Joaquin Phoenix is in early talks about the role.Despite rumours that such notable names as Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Justin Theroux and Jared Leto, it would appear that Phoenix is closer than anyone to actually making a deal. That said, there has been no official confirmation (hardly a surprise at this stage) and even the site’s sources have specified that there’s no contract in place just yet. Phoenix also seems a surprising choice given his apparent reluctance to take on blockbuster roles in recent years and Marvel’s reputation for having actors sign multi-role contracts.The character of Doctor Strange was originally conjured from the brains of Stan Lee »


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Comic-Con: Jonathan Pryce & More Join Game Of Thrones

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It has become something of a tradition for the Game Of Thrones team to make some big announcements at Comic-Con, and this year is no different. For Season Five, the cast will swell to include Jonathan Pryce, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Toby Sebastian, DeObia Oparei and Enzo Cilenti.So, we’re sure you’re asking yourself, whom are they playing? Let’s run the list, shall we? Pryce will be the High Sparrow, described as a pious type who has gathered an army of those looking to denounce the corrupt. Siddig is Doran Martell, the older brother of the late Oberyn. Naturally, he will not be a happy man. Also from Oberyn’s clan is Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand, one of his illegitimate daughters.Jessica Henwick is Nym Sand, Oberyn’s second daughter, while Rosabell Laurenti Sellers is Tyrene Sand, his third daughter. The Oberyn clan »


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Patrick Wilson Departs Ant-Man

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The Ant-Man production has already lost a director in Edgar Wright. Now it’ll be doing without three actors, as Patrick Wilson, Kevin Weisman and Matt Gerard are also leaving the film.Before you start ascribing predictions of doom or conspiracy theories, all three appear to simply be caused by production changes. According to Deadline, Weisman and Gerard’s characters were a victim of script re-writes completed by current scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. As for Wilson, he had to drop out because the schedules shifted due to the delay and he has a conflict.Peyton Reed is currently gearing up to direct the film, which still features Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lily in the lead roles. We’d except to hear who might be replacing Wilson in the film soon enough. And there may well be more about the film announced when Marvel puts on its »


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Comic-Con: Maze Runner Sequel In Development

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As part of the 20th Century Fox presentation on Friday, director Wes Ball and some of his cast showed up at Hall H to show off a new trailer and scenes from The Maze Runner. And as the panel wrapped up, Ball announced that he and his team were already at work developing writer James Dashner’s sequel novel, The Scorch Trials.The first film, which arrives in October, finds 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 Wickd, he soon discovers that he’s in a very dangerous place.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. »


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Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Is Writing An Evil Dead TV Show

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Sam Raimi made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con today, to talk about his role as producer on the movie adaptation of The Last Of Us – and during the on-stage Q&A dropped quite the bombshell: that he is writing an Evil Dead TV show along with his brother, Ivan, and Ash himself, Bruce Campbell.Raimi said no more than that, but it was something of a bolt out of the blue. It’s been an open secret that he and Campbell have been working on a script that could become either Evil Dead IV or Army Of Darkness 2, but that seems to have mutated somewhat.So, what are your thoughts on this? Excited by the prospect of a weekly dose of Deadites? Given the gory nature of Evil Dead, can a weekly show work? Will it be Ash’s ongoing adventures, or will it see a new group of characters »


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Comic-Con: The Walking Dead Unleashes First Season Five Tease

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With a cadre of the show’s stars and producers presenting a packed panel at San Diego’s Comic-Con, the Walking Dead team showed off a new teaser trailer for the fifth season. Featuring plenty of what you might expect from the show – zombies and all – the new tease is below. Be warned of spoilers if you’re not up to date through the end of Season Four… Trailer da quinta temporada de The Walking Dead by thevideos11Season Five kicks off with Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Darryl (Norman) Reedus and the rest trapped in Terminus, which has been revealed to not be the sanctuary they hoped. Which should surprise absolutely no one.But after so many setbacks and losses, Rick and the rest are finally ready to stop taking all the slings and arrows and start firing a few back. There’s also the recently introduced idea that there might »


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Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Talks The Last Of Us Movie

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Sam Raimi showed up at Comic-Con today to talk about his forthcoming adaptation of groundbreaking videogame, The Last Of Us, on which he’ll serve as producer - and dropped a little tidbit that Game Of Thrones star, Maisie Williams, is in early talks to star.Raimi and Naughty Dog’s creative director Neil Druckmann, who wrote the post-apocalyptic horror game and who will also write the script for the movie, took to the Hall H stage in a surprise appearance - and the fans in the cavernous Con hub liked what they had to say.“I think it’s going to be a great character journey and a great love story and a really great horror picture,” said Raimi, who confirmed that he wouldn’t be directing the movie, which doesn’t yet have a release date. Instead, he’ll be sticking to producing duties, with his mission to »


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Comic-Con: New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Image

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Though Marvel doesn’t present its big panel until tomorrow, the company is continuing to lodge that small proposition Avengers: Age Of Ultron in our collective brain-crannies. The concept art poster rollout is happening across the event and here comes a new image from the film itself, featuring Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)’s swanky new ride.The bike, which had already been seen in set pictures, is the Harley Davidson Livewire, an electric roadster that the Widow clearly decides is a good choice, accessorising with Captain America’s shield, which is likely great at keeping bugs from the face. Or, you know, to avoid being shot.While we have to wonder at the choice of an electric bike when your primary antagonist is a sentient artificial intelligence that can spread its consciousness to other devices, it certainly looks like a sleek way to get around given that Natasha can’t »


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Working Title Acquires Enid Blyton's The Famous Five

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Enid Blyton’s work is among the most famous in the UK's – and, to an extent, the world's – publishing history. Her Famous Five books in particular have been devoured by eager readers for decades. Following a raft of different adaptations, primarily for the small screen, Working Title has decided the time is right for the Five to hit the cinema in a new version.The company has grabbed the cinematic rights to the entire Five library of more than 20 novels featuring the young adventurers who investigate mysteries, solve crimes and go exploring in between lashings of good grub and fun times while they’re on holiday from boarding school.Working Title is busy meeting with directors to launch a proper development period and figure out what shape the characters will hit the screen in. According to Deadline, no decisions have been announced as to whether they will stay in a »


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See The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Concept Art Posters

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Comic-Con kicked off last night with the usual Wednesday preview of the exhibition hall. Among the freebies made available to attendees were some nifty new concept art posters from Avengers: Age Of Ultron, featuring Scarlet Witch in action, Iron Man battling the titular menace and now Black Widow, Captain America, Quicksilver and even the Vision prodding robotic buttock. With Marvel expected to put on its usual big show this coming Saturday (with additional panels for the company’s ever-expanding universe of TV shows and more), it is naturally trying to keep Joss Whedon’s superhero sequel front and centre in fans’ imaginations – not that it really needs much help.The film finds Iron Man, Thor, Cap and the rest a little weary of constantly having to save the day, so Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) hits upon the idea of a robotic police force led by super-smart artificial intelligence Ultron »


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Gallery: Toys, Models And Stalls From The 2014 Comic-Con Floor

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Like The Wild Bunch, only a lot less wild and in more of a loose grouping, Team Empire is currently patrolling the floor of the San Diego Convention Centre, scouring Comic-Con to snap every ounce of geek minutiae going. And there’s a lot of it. Tonnes. There’s Breaking Bad memorabilia, Walking Dead collectibles, Bat-business, actual Transformers, Avengers goodies, Hobbit wyrms, a camp Sentinel from X-Men and a partridge in a Mirkwood tree. If we look hard enough we’ll probably find an ageing Snake Plissken’s bifocal. Click on the images below to peruse this fanboy cornucopia at your leisure. »


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Raccoon Rule At Guardians Of The Galaxy.s London Premiere

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Those loveable space buccaneers Peter Quill, Drax, Gamora and co. busted out of astral prison to spend the evening with their public last night as Guardians Of The Galaxy celebrated its UK premiere in Leicester Square. Cunningly, Marvel worked around the challenge of representing its two CG characters – Rocket and Groot – by inviting along an actual racoon and putting Vin Diesel on stilts.To top off something of a family affair for Disney, Chris Hemsworth and Joss Whedon took a break from Avengers: Age Of Ultron to join director James Gunn, Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Chris Pratt (Quill), Diesel (Groot), Dave Bautista (Drax) and Karen Gillan (Nebula) on the red carpet. Bradley Cooper was unavailable due to filming commitments on Adam Jones in New Orleans, so the Rsag (Raccoon Screen Actors Guild) sent along unofficial cast member Oreo. Presumably because this guy was busy.The intergalactic caper's story, for anyone who might still be unaware, »


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New Clip From Football Animation The Unbeatables

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Juan José Campanella, the Argentine director behind 2009’s ace crime thriller The Secret In Their Eyes, is back with, well, something a little different. The Unbeatables is a family animation that, as you can probably tell from this new clip, is almost entirely bereft of murders and government repression. What it does have is the Weinstein seal of approval, a colossal haul from the Argentinian box office and a character who looks a lot like World Cup tragi-hero and part-time Hair Bear, David Luiz. Click below to take a look. The Unbeatables tells the tale of a gifted kid called Amadeo (voiced by Rupert Grint), who often keeps his talents hidden (again: see David Luiz) and has suffered previously at the hands of his nemesis, Flash. His goal is to face down the terrifyingly skilled and intimidating player with the help of the football team he’s assembled. The synopsis »


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Comic-Con: Christopher Nolan Unveils Interstellar

24 July 2014 7:39 PM, PDT

He didn’t make it for Inception, nor for any of his Batman movies but, in the first big surprise of this year’s Comic-Con, Christopher Nolan made his Con debut today to introduce Interstellar at the Paramount presentation. “I heard a lot about this being the place where people are most passionate about pop culture and movies,” Nolan told the masses gathered in Hall H. “I thought it would be fun to come down and see what all the fuss is about.”While far from pulling back the curtain on his secretive sci-fi project, the reticent director did talk about his motivations for making the film and the thought process that went into it. “I grew up in a time when to be an astronaut was the highest ambition. The idea that we’d keep exploring space, pushing farther and farther out, seemed inevitable. I felt that had fallen »


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Comic-Con: New Image Of Ben Affleck As Batman Revealed

24 July 2014 5:41 PM, PDT

Even if he doesn’t look a day over 40, Batman turns 75 this year - and to mark the occasion, a new picture of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader has been unveiled.The picture was first released at the DC booth on the main floor at Comic-Con, but it’s just been tweeted by Zack Snyder, director of the forthcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. And while it doesn’t give away much more than the first picture of Batfleck, which debuted a few months back, this one is a) in colour, and b) gives us a sense that this Batman boasts a chin that could give Bruce Campbell sleepless nights.At present, the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con is scheduled for Saturday and we’re told that there will be no Dawn Of Justice presence there. But it is Batman’s birthday, after all - and while we »


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Hammer Opens The Winchester Mystery House

24 July 2014 5:02 PM, PDT

Winchester. So much to answer for. Haunted mansion connoisseurs will be aware of the sprawling and bizarre Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. Its doors are now set to be opened by Hammer, in a new film, simply titled Winchester, to be written and helmed by Daybreakers directors Michael and Peter Spierig.The strange true story of the house began in 1881 with the death of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester (he of Western favourite the Winchester Rifle). He left his entire immense fortune to his wife Sarah who, from 1884 until her own death in 1922, undertook continuous building of what can politely be called an "architectural curiosity".Reaching seven stories at one point - although the 1906 earthquake reduced it to four - Sarah Winchester's redwood construction went ahead without the benefit of an architect to plan it. It has 40 bedrooms, two ballrooms (one unfinished), 47 fireplaces, 17 chimneys and two basements. But »


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Podcast #121: Brett Ratner, Jason Blum

24 July 2014 5:01 PM, PDT

With many of the regular gang off in San Diego for some sort of comic-book convention or other, things take a turn for the weird on the Empire Podcast this week. Sinister, Paranormal Activity and The Purge: Anarchy producer Jason Blum explains how to set up an inflatable double bed on a plane, while Hercules director Brett Ratner talks about his favourite British confectionary.Elsewhere, "dating dealbreaker" movies come up in conversation, and the concept of "cattens" is given, for free, to the world at large. Listen out for the best 12A F-bomb made this year, and with that in mind, make sure those with more delicate ears stay away, for here be swears...P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, »


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Comic-Con: First Poster For Leprechaun Prequel

24 July 2014 5:01 PM, PDT

Back in 2012, Lionsgate made the surprise announcement that, as part of its beautiful new friendship with WWE Studios, it was developing a reboot of the mind-boggling Leprechaun franchise. VFX veteran Zach Lipovsky was placed in the director's chair a year later, and this being a WWE project it transpired that it was all being set up as a vehicle for diminutive wrestler Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl. And now, from the halls of Comic-Con, comes the first promo image for Leprechaun: Origins, showcasing a shadowed Lep in profile in a leafy graveyard. He doesn't look very much like Warwick Davis anymore...If you're new here, the original Leprechaun came out in 1993, starring Davis as the titular murderous imp (mad as hell about being swizzed out of his Lucky Charms gold), and providing a pre-Friends starring role for Jennifer Aniston. It was released by Trimark, which Lionsgate swallowed in 2000.It spawned an amazing »


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Comic-Con: First Look At Home & Penguins Of Madagascar

24 July 2014 1:40 PM, PDT

The first panel of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con kicked off this morning with DreamWorks Animation’s Hall H presentation. Starting the proceedings was a first-look clip from Tim Johnson’s Home, featuring the voice of The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons as Oh, a bumbling alien from a race known as the Boov. When his people invade and take over Earth as their new permanent residence, the banished Oh teams up with Rihanna (in the guise of human girl, Tip) to save the world.The clip took place after the Boov have settled into their new digs, in this instance the roomy rues of gay Paris. The Eiffel Tower has been rechristened 'The Great Antenna' and floated above the city on an inverted dome of rock, like a French iteration of Warcraft’s Dalaran. Tip and Oh are surrounded by the Boovian army, led by Steve Martin’s megalomaniacal general and a botched execution, »


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