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Steven Spielberg's Bfg Gets A Release Date

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Dumbo isn’t the only loveable, giant-lugged game in Hollywood this week. Also once-animated and also now en route to a live-action redo is Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg - or Big Friendly Giant for the acronym-averse – which now has an official release date. It makes its worldwide bow in the UK and July 22, 2016 is the date to circle in your long-range diary, putting it up against Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur. Spielberg’s take on Roald Dahl’s beloved belobed one has been penned by E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison. It’s had a lengthy and often briar-strewn path to the screen, passing through the hands of directors such as John Madden and Chris Columbus, before Spielberg took up the gauntlet for DreamWorks.“It is fitting that the UK is the first international country to announce the date of The Bfg”, Spielberg says, “a story that sprang from the imagination »


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New Trailer For Abel Ferrara's Welcome To New York

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The bizarre Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair seems like rich pickings for a documentary-maker like Charles Ferguson, whose Oscar-winning doc Inside Job laid bare some of the sleazier extremes of international high finance. Instead, it’s indie maverick Abel Ferrara who’s picked up the story, with predictably lacerating results. His take on the scandal, Welcome To New York, has a new trailer that you can feast your retinas on below. brightcove.createExperiences();Ferrara has assembled old French favourites, Gérard Depardieu as Strauss-Kahn cipher Devereaux, head of the International Monetary Fund, and Jacqueline Bisset as his wife. As Blackadder might say, the pair soon find themselves in a predicament stickier than when Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun.Head of the Imf, Strauss-Kahn / Devereaux was accused of sexual assault by a maid working at the Sofitel New York Hotel in May 2011. He was subsequently cleared but »


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Podcast 119: Richard Linklater, Jack Reynor

10 July 2014 5:01 PM, PDT

It's a killer week for films, with Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Boyhood, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and Begin Again all officially out this weekend, so this particular issue of the Empire Podcast is bumper-sized. This is partly because of our interviews with young acting hotshot Jack Reynor and Texan old hand Richard Linklater, but it's mainly down to all the reviews.Then there's the news section, which covers everything from George R. R. Martin's willingness to extend his middle finger to the Disney decision to bring Dumbo back in a live-action feature film form. As for the Q&A portion, well, make sure you know your Baldwin brothers from the Sheen clan, because we talk in details about acting dynasties, and things get a little hairy. 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. »


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First Trailer For Angelina Jolie's Unbroken

10 July 2014 10:30 AM, PDT

Following the sad death of Olympics legend and World War II Pow Louis Zamperini last week, the inspiration for Angelina Jolie’s new directorial job Unbroken won’t see the reaction to the final product. With the film set to arrive at Christmas, the new trailer has arrived online. Starred Up’s Jack O’Connell is the star of the film as the younger Zamperini, a ne'er-do-well-turned-la high-school athlete who raced in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. During World War II, his Air Force plane crashed in the Pacific, leaving him without food and water for 28 days, enduring shark attacks, starvation and strafing by enemy planes. He finally washed ashore on a Japanese island behind enemy lines, where he was held as a prisoner of war for two years and tortured by his captors. Working from a script that has seen contributions from William Nicholson, Richard Lagravenese and the Coen brothers, Jolie »


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Roger Allam & More Join Mr Holmes

10 July 2014 10:26 AM, PDT

Just yesterday, the first image of Ian McKellen as the 93 year-old version of Sherlock Holmes from Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes arrived via the actor’s Twitter feed. While there also came word that Hiroyuki Sanada would be joining the cast, today Screen International reports that the ensemble will be further boosted by Roger Allam, Hattie Morahan, Phil Davies, Frances de la Tour, Milo Parker and Patrick Kennedy.While the majority of the new cast members’ roles remain shrouded in the sort of mystery that Holmes himself would unravel in seconds, we do know that Parker will be Roger, the young son of Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney), Holmes’ housekeeper.The story – which Condon adapted with Jeffrey Hatcher from Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind – takes place in 1947 when Holmes is 93, long retired to his Sussex beekeeping and frustrated by his diminishing power of recollection. He believes »


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Rachel Weisz Up For The Light Between Oceans

10 July 2014 10:11 AM, PDT

Derek Cianfrance’s new film The Light Between Oceans finds a couple taking on a big responsibility without thinking through all the consequences. And he’s now set to cast Rachel Weisz as the harbinger of said consequences.Confused? Allow us to illuminate matters the way a lighthouse shines upon the ocean. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are set to play the married keepers of a lighthouse on a remote Australian island in the years after World War I. When a boat washes up on the shore with a dead body and a baby, the pair decides to raise the child as their own. And then the baby’s real mother (Weisz, assuming she makes a deal) shows up...Cianfrance has adapted the story from M. L. Stedman’s bestselling 2012 novel, and he’s hoping to get it made this year, assuming everyone’s schedules work out.Weisz was last »


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First Trailer For Wild Online

10 July 2014 10:10 AM, PDT

With its December release date, big return for Reese Witherspoon to dramatic acting and a director, Jean-Marc Vallée, who helped two thesps to Oscars at this year’s ceremony with Dallas Buyers Club, Wild would seem to have 'awards bait' written all over it. Adapted by Nick Hornby from Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, it stars Witherspoon as Strayed, who reacted to bad circumstances in her life – some of them her own fault – by taking on a serious challenge. Traumatised by the death of her mother and the breakdown of her marriage, and looking to find a way to fight waves of unhappiness, she decided to make the 1100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State. Though she had almost no experience in such a big hiking attempt, she found the mission a life-changer.Wild offers Witherspoon the chance to tackle and vanity-shedding role, »


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New Poster For This Is Where I Leave You

10 July 2014 10:09 AM, PDT

Clearly, the Foxman family likes to do things without standing on tradition. As does the team behind This Is Where I Leave You, rebelliously releasing the first poster after the trailer – which you can watch here – has already been and gone. But since members of the family are played by the likes of Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, we’ll allow it. The movie, adapted by Jonathan Tropper from his novel, finds four grown siblings from the Foxman clan (Fey, Bateman, Corey Stoll and Adam Driver) dealing with the slings and arrows that come with adult life. When their father dies, they’re forced to return home and spend a week living under the same roof again, dealing with their over-sharing mother (Jane Fonda) and a revolving door of spouses, partners, exes and old sweethearts that hardly make the grieving process easier.As the days pass, they start to confront »


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Emmy Nominations 2014 Announced

10 July 2014 10:08 AM, PDT

It’s Emmy nomination time across the pond again, and as per usual, there is the standard batch of choices that will please lots of people, a few obvious omissions – no Orphan Black love? Again? – and one or two head-scratchers.There are a lot of repeat contenders among the main drama and comedy lists, with such shows as Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones, House Of Cards, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family, joined by more recent fare including Orange Is The New Black and True Detective. Some shows seem perennially destined to score nominations – take a bow, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report – while some actors have somehow managed to end up with more than one nomination. Nice work, Martin Freeman! (He’s up for Sherlock’s His Last Vow in the 'Miniseries Or Movie' category and for his lead role in Fargo).Some nominations were obvious to predict, »


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Guillermo Del Toro Planning "Bizarre" New Film

9 July 2014 4:00 PM, PDT

While the biggest recent news to come from the eternally busy Guillermo del Toro was the announcement about Pacific Rim 2 landing a green light and a release date, it would appear the crafty director is planning to sneak another project in before he returns to the world of jaegers and kaijus.Talking with Collider, del Toro has revealed that while he’s currently busy putting haunted house horror Crimson Peak through its post-production paces, he’s looking to shoot a much smaller film in the gap between finishing that and kicking off shooting Pacific Rim’s sequel.“Right away, in February or March I should start on another very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre,” says del Toro. "We start pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 in August, and then I interrupt it briefly to go into the first of next year to do this strange little movie, »


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Scarlett Johansson Looking To Say Hail Caesar!

9 July 2014 3:58 PM, PDT

After filming all of her Avengers: Age Of Ultron work in one big block to avoid the production having to shoot around her pregnancy, Scarlett Johansson has found a way to incorporate it in to a future role. Or rather, the Coen brothers have, as she’s in talks to play an actress who discovers she’s with child just as she’s about to start her new film in their latest, Hail Caesar!.The film, which already boasts Coen veterans George Clooney and Josh Brolin, with Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum and Ralph Fiennes in negotiations, revolves around a 1950's private eye / fixer who digs up and covers up scandals for studios to keep the stars in line.According to Variety, Jonah Hill is also now in talks, though his role is being kept quiet. Fiennes will be a director under contract to one of the studios, while Tatum is a Gene Kelly-type star. »


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Alec Baldwin In Talks For Mission: Impossible 5

9 July 2014 3:56 PM, PDT

Looks like Alec Baldwin will be drawing on whatever CIA knowledge he picked up playing Jack Ryan in The Hunt For Red October back in 1990, as he’s now being recruited to play the head of the agency in Mission: Impossible 5.Christopher McQuarrie wants Baldwin for the role, although he hasn’t yet chosen to accept the assignment. Assuming he signs on the dotted line, he’ll join Tom Cruise and a cast that likely includes Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and franchise good-luck charm Ving Rhames for the fifth outing of the venerable action series. This time it promises to do explosive things to London, among other locales. He's not the only person that Cruise and McQuarrie are targeting: Rebecca Ferguson, who you might have seen on TV's The White Queen, is set to play a femme fatale. Baldwin's also in talks for Will Smith’s latest, the still-untitled »


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Elle Fanning Learns How To Talk To Girls At Parties

9 July 2014 3:54 PM, PDT

Depending on how much you follow the many and varied adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s work chugging their way through development, you may recall that, back in 2010, Rabbit Hole writer / director John Cameron Mitchell was working on an adaptation of Gaiman’s short story How To Talk To Girls At Parties. Fast forward to today, and Elle Fanning is attached to play one of the lead roles.Mitchell wrote the script with Philippa Goslett, adapting Gaiman’s 2006 story that followed two teen boys who attend a party in 1970s London. While one of the friends has charm to spare and soon finds himself paired off, the other is much more awkward and has to figure out how to strike up conversations with the girls at the party. And, as it turns out, they’re not quite what they appear...In the script, the tale has been shifted to focus on one boy, »


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Latest Hunger Games Promo Arrives

9 July 2014 3:52 PM, PDT

Because one sincerely insincere address is never enough for President Snow (Donald Sutherland) of The Hunger Games infamy, the malevolently benign Capitol ruler and part-time Captain Birdseye impersonator has taken to the airwaves once again, but this time there’s a distinct difference. And no, we don’t mean that the glassy-eyed Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) has been joined by Jena Malone’s Johanna Mason, but that is a notable shift. What’s important here is that the rebels from the districts have, thanks to the technical expertise of Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), hacked the signal to announce that the Mockingjay lives. Which is to say, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is fully part of the long-gestating revolution, one finally birthed in fire and fury.Mockingjay – Parts 1 and 2 have been filming back to back under the direction of Francis Lawrence, who is now guiding the movies through post-production. Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, »


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First Look At Ian McKellen In Mr Holmes

9 July 2014 10:38 AM, PDT

Bill Condon’s next project, which will feature Ian McKellen playing the 93 year-old Sherlock Holmes dealing with the slow deterioration of his superior mental faculties, was once called A Slight Trick Of The Mind. Thanks to the actor’s twitter feed, we now know the title has been changed to Mr Holmes, and we have our first look at the venerable detective. Condon has collaborated on the screenplay with The Duchess’s Jeffrey Hatcher and they’ve worked from Mitch Cullin's novel, itself called A Slight Trick Of The Mind. The book takes place in 1947 when Holmes is 93, long retired to his Sussex beekeeping and frustrated by his diminishing power of recollection. He believes his bees' royal jelly is part of the secret of his longevity, and his further researches into the subject have recently taken him to post-war Japan. There he encounters the son of a former British »


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Exclusive Trailer For Josef Mengele Drama Wakolda

9 July 2014 10:24 AM, PDT

The name Josef Mengele, Hitler’s so-called ‘Angel of Death’, will probably be familiar to you. He was the subject of Franklin Schaffner’s Oscar-winning thriller (and World Cup rent-a-headline) The Boys From Brazil and his clammy presence returns to the big screen with Argentine drama Wakolda. The film has a first-look trailer and a new poster to share its take on one of science’s most warped villains. Released in the Us under the name The German Doctor, Wakolda is set in Patagonia in 1960. Mengele (Alex Brendemühl), ensconced in Argentina after his escape from Nazi Germany 15 years earlier, has wormed his way into the trust of a young family who run a hotel in the icy boondocks. However, as the saying probably goes: ‘Once a Nazi scumbag, always a Nazi scumbag’, and soon he’s back pursuing his interest in eugenics on the youngest member of the clan, Lilith (Florencia Bado). Unusually, »


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New Clip From Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

9 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT

Impish and imaginative, Michel Gondry is a distinctive moviemaking voice operating at a whole new pitch with his latest, Mood Indigo. One of the film’s Heath Robinson-esque joys, plucked from the pages of Boris Vian’s source novel, is the pianocktail, a musical device that conjures novel cocktails based on the timbre, tone and pitch of notes played. The pianocktail is the star of a new clip that can be viewed using our vidocktail below. brightcove.createExperiences();Playful and surreal, but with a melancholy tinge, Mood Indigo is a Parisian tale of one man (Romain Duris), one woman (Audrey Tautou) and a strange floral growth on a pair of lungs. Co-written by Gondry and Luc Bossi, it’s largely faithful to Froth On The Daydream, a dreamy roman à clef that’s built generations of loyal readers since it was first published in 1947.That dreaminess translates into a »


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New Stills Land From Exodus: Gods And Kings

9 July 2014 2:30 AM, PDT

Ridley Scott filmed Exodus: Gods And Kings (as it is now subtitled) in a way that seemed almost under the radar last year, and judging by the first trailer, now live, it looks like an epic of epic epicness (to steal a tagline from a very different film). Alongside that first trailer, we have two exclusive new stills from the film to share with you. Click below for a closer look. The stills show Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton's dramatis personae, Moses and Pharoah Ramses, together in the more harmonious phase of a relationship that swiftly frays and disintegrates in spectacular fashion. Moses, of course, is charged with leading his people to the promised land and emancipation, a goal Ramses has no intention of permitting.There's first glimpses, too, of Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro as Ramses' parents, Tuya and Seti respectively. Also in evidence is a nice sense »


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Star Wars: Episode VII To Shoot Partly in IMAX

8 July 2014 6:01 PM, PDT

It had already been revealed that Star Wars: Episode VII would screen in IMAX cinemas, but until today it had not been officially announced that parts of the film would be shot in IMAX as well, with the following tweet from @BadRobot making it very clear indeed.#bestformatever pic.twitter.com/fs6JcTALmZ— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) July 8, 2014 This announcement follows on from a similar trick pulled by director J.J. Abrams for Star Trek Into Darkness, which also boasted a decent chunk of extra-largesse - 50 minutes' worth - in among the not-quite-as-big stuff.This means that we'll be seeing plenty of film for Star Wars: Episode VII, with the 35mm it has proudly boasted about before now being complemented by 70mm to boot - and for some stunning desert-set sequences, from the looks of things.Other recent Star Wars news has seen two new actors being cast, which you can find out more about here, »


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First Exodus: Gods And Kings Trailer Launches

8 July 2014 5:30 PM, PDT

Having tackled the future with Prometheus and the present via The Counsellor, Ridley Scott is doing an inverse Scrooge for his next film and dipping into the past. The biblical past, in fact, with Moses tale Exodus: Gods And Kings.  Scott's latest charts the relationship between Moses (Christian Bale) and Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), one that is quickly sent packing with demands, plagues, suffering and a very long walk. Yes, it’s the old story of Moses demanding that pharaoh sets his people free so he can lead them to the Promised Land. Pharaoh, of course, has no intention of releasing his largely slave workforce, and the stage is set for an epic showdown.Scott has opted for old-school scale on this one, constructing massive sets for his Egyptian story, which pumps up the story to match the ambition of the designs, with it all on display in this initial promo. »


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