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Latest Interstellar Trailer Launches

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Christopher Nolan made a surprise appearance at the Paramount Comic-Con panel this past weekend, introduced by his Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey. He didn’t reveal much about the movie to absolutely no one’s surprise, but he did show off the new trailer for the film, footage that has now arrived online courtesy of the film’s sparkly official site. Check it out below.Interstellar is set in a time when Earth has severely depleted its resources, particularly food. McConaughey’s Cooper is a trained pilot, technician and engineer, but there’s not much call for those in a world where the basics are in such short supply.But a visionary (Michael Caine) has had an idea to send a brave crew beyond the solar system through a recently discovered wormhole to find something – or somewhere – that could be our salvation.The new trailer offers a little more footage – particularly some fresh looks at McConaughey, »


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Alex Kurtzman Set To Direct Universal's New Mummy

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He’s already partnering with Fast & Furious writer Chris Morgan to oversee the development of the studio’s new breed of monster movies, but Alex Kurtzman is looking to get involved with The Mummy in a much closer fashion – he’s in the final stages of hammering out a deal to direct it.Universal’s attempt to resurrect what it hopes will be an evergreen franchise has seen some frustration of late, with different script drafts from the likes of Jon Spaihts and Kurtzman himself, working with former producing partner Roberto Orci. And the beast has grabbed then discarded at least two other potential directors in Len Wiseman and Mama's Andy Muschietti.The new take on the Egyptian creature will be closer in tone to Stephen Sommers’ two entries – less a direct horror piece, a rip-roaring action adventure, albeit set in the present day. “Over the course of developing The Mummy, »


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Domhnall Gleeson Heads To The Revenant

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As if Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s The Revenant wasn’t already loaded down with great talent, plus some chancer named Leonardo DiCaprio, the director is adding one more solid actor to the line-up. Domhnall Gleeson is now in negotiations.Adapted from Michael Punke’s novel by Mark L. Smith and the director, The Revenant follows an ill-fated fur trapping expedition to chilly 1820s South Dakota. Hunter Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is mauled by a bear in the harsh climate, and his companions leave him for dead. To add insult to injury, two men are assigned to bury what everyone assumes is his dead body. But the greedy pair decides to rob him and leave him helpless instead. Glass recovers, and swears bloody revenge...Gleeson joins a cast that already includes the aforementioned Leo plus Tom Hardy and Will Poulter, creating quite the line-up. Iñárritu plans to put them through hell in a couple of months. »


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John Goodman In Talks For Trumbo

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They may not have shared any scenes, but Bryan Cranston and John Goodman were both great in Argo. Now they may get the chance to shine together as director Jay Roach has Goodman in talks for a role in Trumbo, which Cranston is locked to star in alongside Helen Mirren.It’ll be based on the experiences of Trumbo, who was locked up in 1950 for refusing to answer questions before the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. The panel was obsessed with rooting out suspected communists in Hollywood and for his stance, Trumbo was blacklisted and refused work. He managed to score assignments under various pseudonyms, but it wasn't until Spartacus in 1960 that he got public credit for his work again.Assuming he accepts the job offer, Goodman would play Frank King, a powerful producer in Hollywood who hires Trumbo to work for him despite his presence on the blacklist. »


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Elle Fanning Finds A Storm In The Stars

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The story of how Mary Shelley came to write Frankenstein has been well documented, but how about how she came to be Mary Shelley. A Storm In The Stars promises to explore the younger romantic life of the real-life author, with Elle Fanning set to star.A Storm In The Stars finds Wadjida director Haifaa Al-Mansour working from a script by Emma Jensen that charts the passionate love affair between the 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft and Percy Shelley, the charismatic poet and her future husband. It’s set just one year before Mary would craft her tale of man trying to create life from death."Elle is amazingly smart and talented and very much relates to Mary as a young woman," producer Amy Baer tells The Hollywood Reporter. "She is going to do something extraordinary in this role that will transition her from a compelling young adult to a formidable leading lady. »


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New Poster For Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight Debuts

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If you needed any more proof that Quentin Tarantino’s next movie was going to be his on-again/off-again Western, The Hateful Eight, following his confirmation at Comic-Con, then simply buy this month’s issue of Empire – on sale tomorrow – and turn to page 9.For there you can find the first official poster for the movie – and it’s a thing of stark beauty, depicting a horse-drawn carriage dragging behind it a trail of blood, vivid red the only other colour on the black-and-white canvas.Elsewhere, we note the bold proclamation that it’s ‘the 8th film from Quentin Tarantino’, that the word ‘hateful’ is given more prominence than ‘eight’, and that it boasts that it’ll be presented in 70mm Super Cinemascope, something Tarantino confessed he was considering at one point. And then there’s the release date: 2015.Notably, there’s no mention of the extraordinary cast that Tarantino »


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Simon West Plans Mods And Rockers TV Series

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He’s most usually known for hyperactive, Bruckheimer powered films such as Con Air or, sans the Bruck, The Expendables 2. But director Simon West has his eye – or rather his ear – on music for a new TV show, aiming to work with The Who on what is currently called Mods And Rockers.West has the likes of Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry in talks to handle the music on the series, which he would direct and produce. And while it’ll revisit the world of England’s 1960s music scene, don’t go expecting a cover version of Quadrophenia. “We’re not remaking Quadrophenia but it’s that kind of world,” he tells Screen International. “It will also cover the rockers’ side of the story and spills out into the wider world of swinging ‘60s London, taking in gangsters, music and fashion. The two tribes will be at the heart of it. »


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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Trailer Lands

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Well, that was predictable. When the first images from Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller’s third helping of museum madness, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb arrived online on Monday, we saw them as the sure sign a trailer would arrive. And what do you know? We were right. Check it out below via Apple.Stiller returns as Larry Daley, one of the few people that know the secret held within New York’s American Museum of Natural History – a stone tablet from the time of the Pharaohs that brings all the exhibits to life and has caused him no end of trouble. But in his capacity as watchman of the building, he’s grown to be friends with many of the historical figures and other displays that magically start to move and speak at night, so when they discover the tablet is corroding, the quest is on »


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Emile Hirsch Joins Just Jim

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As if his breakthrough performance in Richard Ayoade’s Submarine wasn’t impressive enough, 23-year-old Craig Roberts is looking to take a leaf from his colleague's book by gearing up his own directorial debut, Just Jim. And he’s snagged Emile Hirsch to co-star with him.Just Jim will see Roberts as a teenage loser whose life is suddenly turned around by the arrival of an enigmatic, charismatic neighbour (Hirsch). The pair heads a cast that also includes Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey, Ryan Owen and Charlotte Randall.Roberts got the gig after submitting the project to Wales’ new talent scheme, Cinematic, and will shoot in Caerphilly across three weeks. “It’s surreal to be back in my home town shooting a movie,” Roberts says in a statement picked up by Screen International. “I’m excited to work with a great cast and I hope Emile likes Maesycwmmer. »


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New Teaser Poster For Horns

29 July 2014 10:30 AM, PDT

Update: With Comic-Con in full swing, a new image has emerged. Check it out in the gallery alongside the other poster. And the UK teaser poster, announced then pulled before the convention, is also back online in an official capacity. If it feels like Horns – adapted from Joe Hill’s excellent horror novel – has been lingering in the underworld for a while, that’s because it’s been waiting and waiting for a solid release date after playing festivals last year. The film has finally stumped up the crossing fee for the River Styx and will hit UK cinemas at Halloween. Here to prove it is the first teaser poster featuring the devilish Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe plays Ig Perrish, the never-convicted prime suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns growing »


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New Maze Runner Trailer Arrives

29 July 2014 10:29 AM, PDT

Though it cannot be said that 20th Century Fox enjoyed a vintage panel at Comic-Con this past weekend, the studio did at least get a warm welcome for novel adaptation The Maze Runner and the charismatic cadre of cast and crew it brought to the stage. Also included in the presentation was the new trailer for the film, which you can view below via Yahoo!. Adapted from James Dashner’s 2009 novel, which has been in development almost since it was published, The Maze Runner stars Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, who wakes up in a strange 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 organisation 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 »


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See The Deadpool Test Footage Snippet

29 July 2014 10:28 AM, PDT

While the Deadpool movie appears to be still unable to find a strong foothold at 20th Century Fox, it has been in development for years. Thanks to director Tim Miller, the Merc With A Mouth got closer than other attempts. Along with Blur Studios, he created a short piece of test footage to show how Deadpool might work on screen. A snippet of that leaked recently, but now Miller and co. have officially put it online.Featuring voice and mo-cap contributions from Ryan Reynolds – who has been trying to push the movie forward for years since playing a less-than-successful version of Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine – it’s a violent, funny, thrilling piece of 'what if?' filmmaking, one that is almost certain to delight those hoping for a snarktastic, fourth-wall shattering, R-rated take on the wise-cracking superhero.Back in 2013, Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who worked with Miller, »


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Warner Bros. Eyes The Dragonriders Of Pern Books

29 July 2014 10:28 AM, PDT

You might think that Warner Bros. would have enough to deal with, dragon-wise, between the Hobbit trilogy’s Smaug and the developing Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts spin-off. But the studio clearly thinks dragons can become a big success, snapping up the rights to Anne McCaffrey’s long running and massively bestselling Dragonriders Of Pern novel series.McCaffrey’s book range, which kicked off in 1968 with Dragonflight (itself a conglomeration of two novellas) has now expanded to include follow-on novels and two short story collections explores the world of Pern, a blend of pre-industrial feudal society that features Weyrfolk, some whom bond with dragons and team with them to fight off threats.The biggest problem for Pern’s inhabitants is the Thread, a pernicious spore that rains down on the planet from the rogue world known as the Red Star and consumes organic matter. Through the books, various characters have been established and explored, »


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Paul Dano Considers War And Peace

29 July 2014 10:25 AM, PDT

Though it has been adapted several times before, Leo Tolstoy’s huge tale of drama between aristocratic Russian families is once more the target of a TV project, this time a collaboration between the BBC and The Weinstein Company. Paul Dano and Lily James are mulling offers to star in the miniseries.Developed by the company behind Ripper Street and scripted by veteran novel adapter Andrew Davies, it will retell the sprawling story that's set in 1805 Russia and weaves between five rich families around the reign of Alexander I. James is being targeted to play Natasha Rostova, who falls for the wrong man – namely Dano’s Pierre Bezukhov, an awkward illegitimate son who spots a chance to climb society’s ranks but struggles with his hot temper. The actors would be playing roles originally tackled by Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda in the 1956 film version, so no pressure there, then. »


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Exclusive: Peter Capaldi On Doctor Who

29 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

An exclusive look at the Doctor Who feature inside the September issue of Empire magazine - on sale from Thursday 31 August. Portraits by David Venni.Unless you've been holidaying in the 4-x-Alpha-4 star system, you'll be well aware that Peter Capaldi is the latest incarnation of Doctor Who. You may not, however, have seen the Time Lord on set, check-by-jowl with his assistant (Jenna Coleman) and his new mode of transport, primed and ready for action. This is where Empire's latest issue comes in. From Thursday, Whovians will be treated to a behind-the-curtain peek at the new Doctor and the set-up for season eight. Heck, we've even solicited the thoughts of arguably the most famous of their number, Peter Jackson. It's all here - including this stellar portrait taken by David Venni at BBC Cymru Wales in Cardiff.Showrunner Steven Moffat and his new star are promising to take the show into little darker realms, »


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New Trailer For Al Pacino's Salomé

29 July 2014 5:59 AM, PDT

If your Tuesday needs a few more severed heads than usual, you’re in luck: the new trailer for Al Pacino’s Oscar Wilde double bill of Salomé and Wilde Salomé is here. The play has long been a passion project for the shouty actor, and there’s plenty of excellent Pacino ranting (“I got four days to shoot a 90-minute play!”) for those who like that sort of thing. In the title role is one Jessica Chastain. Her performance predates Zero Dark Thirty and The Tree Of Life, though it was purportedly this play that brought her to the attention of one Terrence Malick.The original play sees the titular Salomé, daughter of King Herod, cultivate an obsession with John the Baptist, leading to dancing, pining and beheading. As Wilde himself wrote, “One should not look at anything. Neither at things, nor at people should one look. Unless it »


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Headhunters' Morten Tyldum On For Chain Of Events

29 July 2014 2:23 AM, PDT

Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum is steaming firmly into Hollywood’s good graces. He’s graduated from Headhunters to The Imitation Game and now has Chain Of Events, a global thriller with a ‘70s-era feel to it, to keep him occupied.It’s based on Frederick T. Olsson’s popular novel, which was picked up by Warner Bros. prior to publication last August. The story is billed as “World War Z meets The Da Vinci Code” – an all-bases-covered notion that unsurprisingly got the studio’s juices flowing – and has a script written by Mark L. Smith. The scribe recently penned Alejandro González Iñárritu’s period revenger The Revenant.The hero of the piece is a man called William Sandberg, a military code-breaker who, when we meet him, is a broken man mired in depression. Shades of Alan Turing then. Aside from bossing the world’s smallest niche - the troubled code-breaker »


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Paul Greengrass Introduces Agent Storm

28 July 2014 5:01 PM, PDT

Following their major critical and commercial success with Captain Phillips, director Paul Greengrass and producer Scott Rudin are once again set to collaborate on a true-life political thriller. Changing the parameters this time, however, they're turning their attention to terrorism rather than piracy and a spy rather than an Everyman. Agent Storm, adapted from a bestselling book, is the story of Morten Storm, a Danish former jihadist recruited by the CIA.Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al-Qaeda (written by Storm himself, with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister) is one of those non-fiction tomes that reads like a thriller. Storm was an off-the-rails teenager into crime and biker gangs, who then converted to Islam. His journey led him from Denmark to Yemen where he became a protege and close confidant of the American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. But a twist in the tale saw him become disillusioned with his new cause. »


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Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Covers Are Here

28 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

Luke Evans' Bard the Bowman was left in a pretty difficult spot at the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. A particularly angry dragon is about to light him up, and chances are the rest of Lake-town may end up a little on the crispy side. Now, we're putting you in a similarly awkward, although slightly less perilous predicament of having to pick one of the two new The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies covers shown below.Your pickle is definitely prettier than Bard the Bowman's but it's still one well worth thinking about: will you chose Benedict Cumberbatch's vengeful wyrm, or be seduced by the sheer ruggedness of one of fiction's most famous arrow despatchers? You'll need to have made up your mind by Thursday, August 31, although subscribers will get theirs a little earlier, and with this beauty on the front:{Empire' The »


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First Teaser Trailer For The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

28 July 2014 12:59 PM, PDT

If you’ve read our big breakdown of the various stories emerging from Comic-Con, you probably know that Peter Jackson showed up with a teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, the final chunk of his latest big Tolkien trilogy. While not everything shown at Hall H is here, the trailer has at least arrived via the sorcery of the Interwebs.As the title suggests, there’s a massive great scrap in the offing, especially given that the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) finished off the second film with a promise to go all scorched earth on Lake-town.And Five Armies picks up the story quickly, showing us the conflict everyone has been waiting for since Jackson announced his intention to turn The Hobbit into three films. If you don’t already know, the title refers to goblins and wargs (one army, supported by scary bats) facing off against dwarves, »


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