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New Avengers: Age Of Ultron TV Spot

30 January 2015 1:38 AM, PST

It might not be receiving the Super Bowl TV spot treatment, but Marvel has made sure we’re all still anticipating Avengers: Age Of Ultron with a new ad. Cue the heroes squabbling and the robotic drones causing havoc…There is a lot here that we’ve seen in previous trailers, but some of those moments are expanded upon and you’ll find plenty of new footage lurking within the relatively short trail.Among the highlights this time? Plenty of mystery about a strange medical procedure, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) accusing Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) of meddling in things he doesn’t understand, more Hulk versus Hulkbuster action and James Spader’s technological terror Ultron threatening to tear the team apart from the inside. And if the growing tension between them present here is any indication, he might just succeed...With Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, »


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Karl Urban Joins Pete's Dragon Remake

29 January 2015 11:00 PM, PST

It would appear that Michael C. Hall is allergic to dragons. Actually, there isn’t a given reason why he’s decided to leave the new Pete’s Dragon film, but it means good news for Karl Urban fans as the Star Trek actor has stepped in to replace him.Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery is busy putting the new version of the story together, working from a script he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks. It’s Disney’s latest attempt to conjure a fresh take on one of its catalogue titles, this time the live-action/animation-blend 1977 film which saw a young lad befriend a magical dragon. The new movie will apparently deviate from the original, not by having the dragon turn evil and go all Smaug on the local town, but by stripping out the musical element and injecting an environmental message into the story.Robert Redford, »


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Meet The New Jurassic World Dino

29 January 2015 9:58 PM, PST

Kept almost totally off screen in the trailers so far, Jurassic World’s big addition – and we do mean big –  to the dino family has now been revealed. Well, sort of. Some new imagery on the official site for the film offers some details on the giant creature known as Indominus Rex.  Planned as the big new attraction at the sprawling dino theme park (because clearly Raptors, T-Rexes and huge aquatic beasts have become passé), the new beast is a genetic hybrid bred to be even more savage and imposing than the current residents. Which, as you might guess, doesn’t exactly lead to good things when it breaks loose. Other things breaking loose? Hell, customers’ bladder control, law and order...Here’s the description from the official site for the dinosaur whose name means Fierce or Untameable King and who appears destined to live up to that: “We set »


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Terminator Genisys Super Bowl Spot Online

29 January 2015 5:04 PM, PST

This weekend sees the biggest event in the American Football sporting calendar: the Super Bowl. And with it comes a raft of expensive adverts for all sorts of things, including some of the big movies hitting cinemas in the coming months. Once relegated to airing during the game itself, the TV spots now arrive in advance. Here’s the effort from the Terminator Genisys team.It’s essentially a cut-down selection of footage from the recent trailer, arranged so as to cram in as much about the story as is possible in a 30-second commercial. The story branches off from the original in that it still sees Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) volunteering to go back in time and save John Connor's (Jason Clarke) mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), only to discover that the timeline has been tinkered with and things are very different. This is not the be-permed, everywoman Sarah we met in 1984’s The Terminator. »


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First Look At The Enfield Haunting

29 January 2015 4:20 PM, PST

Amityville, the Black Hills of Maryland, Eden Lake… Enfield? Okay, the sleepy north London suburb isn’t as synonymous with horror as those other locales, but residents might beg to differ. The Enfield Haunting, a Sky Living drama capturing the spooky goings-on that took place in the Hodgson household in 1977, will, judging by these first-look stills, be both clammily scary and full of outlandish ‘70s fashions. Any malign presence undeterred by Timothy Spall’s demonic shirt/jacket/tie combo immediately has our fear and respect.Spall stars as Maurice Grosse, a newcomer to the world of paranormal research and a man recovering from recent tragedy. He finds himself drawn in by the strange events of Green Street, EN3. Before you can say “Don’t go there!”, Britain’s answer to Peter Venkman begins investigating the poltergeisty phenomonon, as his wife, Betty (Juliet Stevenson), finds out to her increasing dismay.The »


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John Wick Duo Wanted To Direct Cowboy Ninja Viking

29 January 2015 3:07 PM, PST

They’ve made a huge impact Stateside with their directorial debut, Keanu Reeves vengeance thriller John Wick, and now studios are courting David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. Universal has them in early talks to direct genre-mash graphic novel adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking.Chris Pratt is attached to star in the film, and according to Variety, has met with the pair to give them his seal of approval. Cowboy Ninja Viking adapts the Image Comics title from writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo about secret counter-intelligence agents with multiple personality disorders. Various suitable candidates for the 'Triplet' programme were brought together by psychotherapist Dr. Sebastian Ghislain, but when the project collapsed, the subjects went their own ways as hired assassins.Pratt will play Duncan, the man with the titular personalities rattling around inside his brain to be brought out for use when he needs them. Universal wants this one to pick up speed, »


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Rachael Taylor Join's Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones

29 January 2015 2:54 PM, PST

The rate of casting announcements for the second of the Marvel/Netflix series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, is increasing. With David Tennant now set as the villainous Purple Man, the forces of good got a boost with word that Rachael Taylor will play Jones’s best friend and confidante, Patricia “Trish” Walker on the show.Trish, a former model and child TV star, hosts a syndicated radio talk show and is Jessica's (Krysten Ritter) closest friend. Jessica will need all the help she can get, as after suffering serious Ptsd following her brief run as a superhero, she sets up a detective agency and ends up helping people with extraordinary abilities.The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both,” says show-runner Melissa Rosenberg. “Rachael is all that and more!”“Rachael's ability to embody a character that must balance both the darker and lighter elements »


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Noam Murro Says Blink

29 January 2015 2:51 PM, PST

He managed to channel Zack Snyder’s Ott style with 300: Rise Of An Empire, but for his next film, Noam Murro is looking to get back to something original. He’s signed on to direct a thriller called Blink.Hernany Perla’s script follows what happens when a man is left paralysed after a famous and still-unsolved bank robbery. When criminals kidnap him and hold him hostage, determined to pry the secrets of the incident out of his head, he’s forced to outwit his captors. The twist is that he can only control his eyes, and he’s got to figure out the big mystery of the heist.Atlas Independent wants this one up and shooting in the summer, so expect the casting announcements to come thick and fast. The central role promises to be a challenging one, at the very least.Murro is also attached to direct »


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Jay Roach Rounds Up Mad Dogs

29 January 2015 12:01 PM, PST

In recent years, Meet The Parents director Jay Roach has turned his attention more towards political subjects as with HBO TV movies Recount and Game Change and the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign. While his latest film, Trumbo is a lot more serious, he’s looking to get back into funnier territory with Mad Dogs.Wes Jones is attached to use Six Days Of The Condor author James Grady’s eponymous book as the launching pad for a conspiracy-tinged script about three dysfunctional people working low-level jobs in Us intelligence. When their bosses become convince that they’re crazy, the trio is packed off to a government psychiatric hospital for espionage types, where they soon begin to fear that the higher-ups want them dead. Clearly they know too much and have to plot an escape plan, but they also need to figure out exactly what it is that »


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Insurgent Super Bowl Ad Launches

29 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST

If you saw the latest poster for The Divergent Series: Insurgent that arrived online yesterday (if not, it’s sitting lower down the page), you might have been forgiven for thinking that director Robert Schwentke and his team were going for a full-on Matrix tribute. The new advert for the film, ready to be aired before the Super Bowl in the States this weekend, will definitely give you that feeling.The latest, brief teaser goes heavy on Matrix-style gravity-defying imagery, slow-mo and things shattering as Shailene Woodley’s Tris takes on an apparently virtual Jeanine (Kate Winslet). And as she falls from an imploding building, the title pages make it clear: Tris is the one. Adapting Veronica Roth’s second book, Insurgent finds her on the run in future Chicago as she and Four (Theo James) evade the power-hungry Erudite leadership. They’ll have to track down what Tris’s »


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Ted 2 Trailer Slides Online

29 January 2015 9:15 AM, PST

The teaser poster effectively foretold this event and the day has arrived at last: the first trailer for Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2 is upon us. Prepare to look upon jokes about semen, legal briefs, Samuel L. Jackson and more… Naturally inclined to indulge in more toy bear-comes-to-life madness after the 2012 film was a massive success at the box office, the sequel sees co-writer director/voice of Ted MacFarlane and human sidekick Mark Wahlberg back for a lot more body fluid humour in the story of Ted’s attempt to prove he’s a person in the eyes of the law.Our furry hero, see, has married his girlfriend Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) and now the pair wants to have a baby. There are just two tiny impediments to this plan: Ted has no... how to put this tastefully… swimmers... and so will need the help of Wahlberg’s John as a donor. »


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Podcast 146: Alex Garland, Paul Thomas Anderson

29 January 2015 8:52 AM, PST

It's a directorial double-header this week, with Ex Machina's Alex Garland and Inherent Vice's Paul Thomas Anderson on the show to talk about their respective movies and a hell of a lot more (think, um, baths). Also, a franchise discussion bonanza - the question being: is anything sacred?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, or here if you prefer things digitally. »


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Exclusive: First Still From The 9th Life Of Louis Drax

29 January 2015 2:46 AM, PST

Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t the only Jamie Dornan show in town. The smooth-as-a-pint-of-silk Irishman also has The 9th Life Of Louis Drax upcoming and Empire has been to the film’s Vancouver set to whip up… okay, gather some info on the supernatural thriller. Starting with this first-look still from the film that sees Dornan jumpstarting a car with his mind. At least, we think that’s what he’s doing here. Feel free to completely disagree. The film tells the story of Louis Drax, a boy in a coma (Aiden Longworth, Hector And The Search For Happiness) whose mental journeys will no doubt tease some striking visuals from the director. By his bedside is Dornan’s neurologist, Dr. Allan Pascal, who fights to awaken him from his comatose state. The twist? Louis’s injured state may not have been an accident. Aaron Paul, Louis’ dad, is prime »


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Teaser Trailer For Spooks: The Greater Good

29 January 2015 12:01 AM, PST

Following on from the picture exclusive we smuggled out in April last year, the first teaser trailer for the cinematic version of BBC spy series Spooks, The Greater Good, has now hit the Interwebs. Take a look here. Spooks: The Greater Good broadens the canvas for the show, and investigates what happens when terrorist Adam Qasim (Elyes Gabel) slips through the fingers of MI5 and vanishes. Embattled espionage boss Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) takes the fall for the foul up and soon goes missing himself. Enter Game Of ThronesKit Harington as Will Crombie, a former member of Harry’s team, who must investigate what really happened to Harry, last seen jumping from a bridge into the Thames.With MI5 and its agents plunged into one of the thorniest missions they’ve ever had to face, the clock is ticking as events spiral out of control. With several juicy current headlines to pick from, »


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Matthew McConaughey Is Born To Run

28 January 2015 4:08 PM, PST

In a continued attempt to find interesting, less predictable work post-Oscar, Matthew McConaughey has his eye on another interesting film. He’s now attached to star in an adaptation of Christopher Dougall’s best-selling book Born To Run.Matthew Michael Carnahan has tackled the adaptation of the tome, which is subtitled 'A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen'. It follows an award-winning journalist, a runner noted for being injury-stricken, and his journey to Mexico’s Copper Canyons to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara Indian native people. They’re known for the ability to run for hundreds of miles without getting out of puff or injuring themselves, and the reporter looked into scientific reasons for their prowess. He also organised a race pitting some of North America’s best power runners against the tribe.Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is putting this one together »


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Paul Bettany Says Marvel Has Plans For The Vision

28 January 2015 4:05 PM, PST

It is perhaps not entirely shocking that, given the ever-expanding nature of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the company would take advantage of finally getting Paul Bettany out of the voiceover booth and in front of cameras as The Vision in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and have the character crop up beyond that one film. According to Bettany, that’s exactly the case. He hasn’t yet said what sort of multi-film deal he’s signed on to, but recent statements to an Australian paper indicate he’s in it for a longer haul than just playing the android character in Ultron. “That’s the really great thing about the Marvel gig for me,” he says. “I have never known if I have had a job six months out ever in my life. And now I know that they have plans and I can be even more judicious about the stuff »


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Geoffrey Rush Considers Himself Lionel Bart

28 January 2015 4:01 PM, PST

The developing Oliver Twist film has nothing to do with the famous musical, but those with a love for its show tunes can take heart. Director Vadim Jean is preparing a musical biopic of Oliver!'s composer and lyricist Lionel Bart. Geoffrey Rush has just signed on to play Bart in Consider Yourself, and he'll be joined in the cast by Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Matt Lucas and Michelle Dockery. Al Weaver will play Bart / Rush as a younger man.Bart's is a rags-to-riches-to-rags story, more or less. From inauspicious beginnings in Stepney, he became one of the most successful songwriters in Britain, despite no formal musical training. Starting out writing pop hits (Cliff Richard's Living Doll was one of Bart's) he eventually moved on to musical theatre, and became the first person ever to have three West End productions running at the same time. Later productions like Twang! »


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Brad Pitt Heads For Africa

28 January 2015 3:04 PM, PST

Some people have to wait months to even try to get a script to Brad Pitt, who is offered most of the high profile projects. And then there’s Angelina Jolie, who happens to be married to him and can probably just chuck a screenplay at him across the breakfast table and see if he wants to star in it. He’s now in negotiations for her fourth film as a director, Africa.Eric Roth has written the script, based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey and his battle with the ivory poachers who threatened the African elephant population in the 1980s.“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and »


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Jon Hamm Joins Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day At Camp

28 January 2015 3:01 PM, PST

Though you might be forgiven for thinking that prequel Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp already had enough talent attached with the return of almost the entire film’s cast, there’s apparently room in the camp’s cabins for more. Jon HammChris PineJon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Jason Schwartzman, Michaela Watkins, John Slattery, Josh CharlesRandall ParkJayma Mays, Lake Bell, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Richard Schiff are all now signed on. It almost leaves you breathless just reading that lot.And they’re just the newcomers – the show already boasts Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Lo Truglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, co-writer Michael Showalter and Kevin Sussman. With David Wain and Showalter »


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Christine Taylor Will Return For Zoolander 2

28 January 2015 10:51 AM, PST

Zoolander fans have waited years for the sequel to finally start picking up some traction, after hints, rumours, whispers and talk of multiple script drafts. It’s still a little bit up in the air, but Ben Stiller has been talking up the film more recently and now Christine Taylor, Aka Mrs Stiller, who played Matilda in the first film, has said she’s also going to be part of what we can only assume will be madness.“I can tell you that I’m involved, but that’s all I can say,” Taylor tells EW. “I can tell you it’s happening, but I can’t tell you where Matilda’s at and where their relationship is at. It’s all top secret!” Matilda, of course, was the sceptical journalist who can’t stand models but is eventually won over by, marries and starts a family with Blue Steel »


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