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Leonard Nimoy Dies

27 February 2015 9:19 AM, PST

Leonard Nimoy, the much-loved actor and long-time Star Trek lead, has died in Los Angeles. He was 83. According to The New York Times, his wife Susan Bay Nimoy, who confirmed his death, attributed the cause to chronic pulmonary disease. Nimoy himself had attributed his ill-health to a long-ceased smoking habit.As the internet will be swift to note, Leonard Nimoy lived long and prospered. Born in Boston to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Nimoy acted in neighbourhood theatre from the age of eight, later scoring his first major role in an amateur production of a Clifford Odets play aged 17. Fuelled by his experiences on the stage and encouraged by his grandfather, Nimoy revisited the craft in his twenties after a three-year stint in the Us Army and a short spell at college. Moving to La, he was soon teaching the craft in Hollywood and paying the rent with small roles TV shows and movies, »


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Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

27 February 2015 9:16 AM, PST

He was an icon. An actor. A humanitarian, and though he may not have always wanted to be associated with the part, he helped created a character that will live on for many generations. But we have lost the man behind that memorable face and voice, as Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83.A Boston native, Nimoy was born to Max and Dora Nimoy, Ukrainian immigrants and Orthodox Jews. From a young age he was fascinated by performance and began appearing in local theatre productions at the age of 8, with his love of acting running through his High School years.After taking a summer course at Boston College, he headed for Los Angeles in 1949, drawn by the allure of a career on the stage and screen, though his film life wouldn’t kick off until he scored small parts in Queen For A Day and Rhubarb in 1951.Small »


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Exclusive: Charlie Cox Talks Marvel.s Daredevil

27 February 2015 2:46 AM, PST

Blind, crusading defence lawyer Matt Murdock is on his way to Netflix - see the first poster below - in an origin story that promises us the Batman Begins of Daredevil adaptations. The new issue of Empire boasts a big TV preview that takes us down to Hell’s Kitchen (actually New York’s Long Island City Stages) to watch Marvel’s newest old superhero in action. So what to expect from the show? Blood, it turns out. Plenty of it. “This is more sinister, and that really suits the character,” the man playing Murdock, Londoner Charlie Cox, tell us. “The hero and the villain… it’s a very blurry line. Let’s say that you didn’t know anything about Daredevil, hopefully you would feel a sense of ambiguity about who’s on the right path here. And, well, you know… we have blood.”The claret, according to showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, »


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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Character Posters Fly In

27 February 2015 2:40 AM, 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.  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, no matter how well Chris EvansCaptain America managed to get prominent placement on the main poster. Oh, and Downey also mentions some »


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Exclusive New While We're Young Poster

27 February 2015 12:48 AM, PST

For a couple long arrived in their middle years but striving for a second youth, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts make unconvincing hipsters in this new poster for Noah Baumbach's While We're Young. There's not a single ornately sculpted beard on display and Clem Fandango would scoff into his vintage poncho onesie at their normcore attire. Click on the image below to take a closer look. Reuniting with Greenberg's Stiller for this one, While We’re Young finds Baumbach pondering the foibles of middle-aged folk who start to wonder if they’re missing out on life. Stiller and Watts are Josh and Cornelia Srebnick, happily married members of New York's creative class. They tried to start a family and were unable to — and have decided they’re okay with that. But as Josh labours over the umpteenth edit of his cerebral new film, it’s plain that he »


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First Look At Eddie Redmayne As The Danish Girl

26 February 2015 9:40 PM, PST

With his Oscar safely stowed, his suit mothballed and the grin presumably yet to fade, Eddie Redmayne is back in his day job. In the short term that involves Tom Hooper's intriguing period piece The Danish Girl, the first still from which has emerged via The Wrap. If you've ever wondered what the newest Best Actor might look like as Best Actress, wonder no more. Click below to take a closer look. The film, a story of identity, art and sensation in mid-20th century Europe, has been simmering away for a number of years. Nicole Kidman, Tomas Alfredson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron have all been linked and unlinked at various stages but it's now officially underway with Redmayne in the title role. He plays Einar Wegener, a Danish-born artist who was one of the first known people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Born male, she underwent a »


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Harrison Ford Confirmed For Blade Runner 2

26 February 2015 6:23 PM, PST

We’ve been through the various stages of possibility about Harrison Ford returning to another of his iconic sci-fi films as the Blade Runner sequel has made its way across the harsh cityscape of development. He’s thinking about it! He likes the script but he’s not sure! He’s been offered the gig... Well, now he’s officially aboard to once more play Rick Deckard.With Ridley Scott acting as producer on this one, confirming word from around the Exodus press tour that he wouldn’t be back in the director’s chair given his schedule, PrisonersDenis Villeneuve is in negotiations to take over that job, which would see him working from a script by Hampton Fancher, co-writer of the 1982 original, who cranked out the words this time with Michael Green.As for what story those words will tell? So far, the only real details is that, »


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Jack Huston Eyed As The New Crow

26 February 2015 6:00 PM, PST

The planned reboot of The Crow, the dark tale of revenge based on James O’Barr’s graphic novel, was hit by yet another setback last month when Luke Evans dropped out of the lead role to focus on other projects. Production company Relativity has scrambled quickly to try to lock in a new choice and it looks like Jack Huston is the man the team wants to don the make-up and face the tragic tale. Corin Hardy was hired as the latest director back in December, and he’ll now be hoping that the film can finally get back on track, with a shoot pencilled in for this spring. Cliff Dorfman wrote the latest draft of the script, which, like Alex Proyas’ 1994 take, adapts O’Barr’s tale of Eric Draven, a musician murdered by criminals who is brought back from the land of the dead by a mysterious, »


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First Trailer For The Lady In The Van

26 February 2015 4:56 PM, PST

It sounds like something that could have come out of Alan Bennett’s brain, but The Lady In The Van is actually a true story that just also happens to feature the comedy writer and keen observer of the human condition. Following a stage play script, book and radio drama, the yarn has now been turned into a film, with the first trailer arriving today and refusing the leave the web’s driveway. The Lady In The Van finds Alex Jennings taking on the role of Bennett, whose neighbours in a well-to-do Camden street are dismayed when a scruffy van shows up parked among the clean cars and well-kept houses. The occupant, a well-spoken but filthy woman named Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith in the film, reprising her role from the radio version) refuses to move on despite protests.Bennett, sensing that there’s more to her story – though initially unwilling »


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Red Sonja Prepares For Action Again

26 February 2015 4:18 PM, PST

She's been wandering in the wilderness for a good few years, but Red Sonja has just returned to her previous home at studio Millennium / Nu Image. Development has started over on a new Sonja movie, with up-and-coming writer Christopher Cosmos set to work on the screenplay.Sonja, is sort of a Robert E. Howard creation like Conan The Barbarian, but actually has more to do with Roy Thomas' Conan comics for Marvel. Howard's Red Sonya of Rogatino doesn't inhabit the same world or time period as Conan and doesn't wear a chain-mail bikini; it was Thomas that revamped her as the amazon sword-maiden we now recognise. She was previously embodied onscreen by Brigitte Nielsen in 1985, with Arnold Schwarzenegger also on-hand as the all-but Conan Prince Kalidor. Twenty-odd years later, Sonja reared her crimson head again, in a projected film that was to star Rose McGowan, with Robert Rodriguez producing and »


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Sam Mendes Talks Spectre

26 February 2015 4:18 PM, PST

You might have noticed that our cover star for the current issue of the magazine is one Daniel Craig as James Bond for his latest outing, Spectre. There’s a new video blog online with returning director Sam Mendes talking about why he chose to come back to Bond and what we can expect from his follow-up to Skyfall.According to Mendes, who at one point detached himself from the idea of making a second 007 film, he was lured back in by the story, which is driven by Craig’s Bond. It finds him on a mission to hunt down some very bad people, and we learn that with the new M (Ralph Fiennes), Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) backing him, he’s on a journey that will once again explore an aspect of his past. Oh, and “it’s about whether or not to pursue the life he’s always pursued, »


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Rosamund Pike Joins The Deep Blue Good-By

26 February 2015 4:17 PM, PST

With The Deep Blue Good-By landing the services of Christian Bale to star and James Mangold to direct, 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee books is coming together at last. The next part of puzzle is finding a female lead, and it looks like Rosamund Pike will fill that role.Bale is playing charismatic rogue McGee, a Floridian sleuth and “salvage consultant” who is always getting into deeper water than he intends with dangerous women and very bad men. The Deep Blue Good-By represents the first of the McGee books, and with 21 tomes in MacDonald’s series so far, Fox will be hoping this one has legs so it can make more. After a somewhat torturous development process, Mangold is set in the director’s chair, working from a script that has seen input from Dennis Lehane and Scott Frank. Pike, last seen as »


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Blake Lively And Jason Clarke Say All I See Is You

26 February 2015 4:16 PM, PST

He decided a while ago not to come back for another bout against the undead hordes with the World War Z sequel, but despite having several irons in the development fire, it would appear Marc Forster has locked in his next film. He’s signed up Blake Lively and Jason Clarke to star in All I See Is You.Forster wrote the script for this one with Sean Conway and it finds him back in the sort of brain-tickling thriller territory he explored with 2005’s Stay. All I See Is You will star Lively as a blind woman whose sight is restored. But while that would surely count as a reason for celebration, her repaired vision means she can now see all the undiscovered details about herself, her husband (Clarke), her marriage and their lives together. If she thinks that’s a problem, wait until he explains about the force »


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New Trailer For Noah Baumbach's While We're Young

26 February 2015 8:58 AM, PST

Following on from the first trailer’s arrival in December, the second promo for Noah Baumbach’s latest, While We’re Young, has landed. Take a look… Reuniting with Greenberg's Ben Stiller for this one, While We’re Young finds Baumbach pondering the foibles of middle-aged folk who start to wonder if they’re missing out on life. Stiller and Naomi Watts are Josh and Cornelia Srebnick, happily married members of New York's creative class. They tried to start a family and were unable to — and have decided they’re okay with that. But as Josh labours over the umpteenth edit of his cerebral new film, it’s plain that he has hit a dry patch and that something is still missing.And that’s when they meet Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried), a spontaneous, free-spirited young couple who spin between different passions, obsessions and interests with ease, »


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World First Look At Dave Bautista's Mr. Hinx In Spectre

26 February 2015 1:22 AM, PST

The new issue of Empire, on all newsagents' shelves come Thursday February 27, has Daniel Craig's Bond on the front cover in honour of the upcoming 007 movie, Spectre. But you know what he looks like by now, so marvel instead at a first look at Dave Bautista's henchpersonage Mr. Hinx and a glimpse at Lea Seydoux's mysterious Dr. Madeleine Swann.Empire's in-depth feature on the 24th James Bond outing covers everything from new one-liners to chances of seeing chickens flying out of a barn, so just to whet your appetitite, here are a couple of quotes on these two new characters, one from Bautista, and one from Seydoux."When I came over to meet Sam [Mendes], I only asked two questions," says the erstwhile Galaxy Guardian. "I asked him if Mr. Hinx was a badass. He said, 'Yes, he's a badass.' I said, 'Well, is Mr. Hinx intelligent?' He said, »


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New Synopsis And Cast Revealed For Creed

25 February 2015 4:03 PM, PST

With filming underway on writer/director Ryan Coogler's Rocky spin-off Creed, a new synopsis has been released revealing just what's in store. Along with that come some details of the cast that's supporting Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone.We say 'spin-off', but Creed, despite Stallone's protestations, is sounding more and more like Rocky VII, officially described in MGM and Warners' press release as "a new chapter in the Rocky story". The plot weighs in as follows (containing what you might consider a spoiler):"Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born.  Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa."Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. »


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Ang Lee Finds His Billy Lynn

25 February 2015 4:02 PM, PST

No deals have quite yet been done, but it looks likely that Ang Lee has found his star for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Following an extensive search, Lee's casting net has finally settled on Joe Alwyn, who's said to have garnered the director's 'final approval' last weekend.Alwyn is such a newcomer that he doesn't even have an IMDb page yet, but you will find him listed at London's Royal Central School Of Speech And Drama. Also a graduate of the National Youth Theatre and Bristol University, his stage work includes productions of Angels In America, Titus Andronicus and The Oresteia. No short films or appearances on Casualty for Alwyn. Straight to the big screen with an Ang Lee movie. Not bad, that.Adapted by Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy from Ben Fountain's novel, Billy Lynn follows the titular 19-year-old soldier, who along with his squad has survived »


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Exclusive: Four New Fantastic Four Stills Arrive

25 February 2015 4:02 PM, PST

Chronicle director Josh Trank has made a Fantastic Four movie - but not one like the Chris Evans 'n' Jessica Alba version you may remember. This one has Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell in it, for starters, and what's more, it's distinctly less "cartoonish", to quote the director himself. For proof, here are some stills from the upcoming film, straight from the new issue of Empire, on shelves today.A key difference in this superhero reboot lies in the origins of the characters' powers. In the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby iteration of the Fantastic Four, the team gains their powers by travelling into space, where they’re bombarded with DNA-altering cosmic rays. But Trank’s film draws more heavily on the Ultimate Fantastic Four, which abandoned space flight in favour of inter-dimensional travel.Speaking to Empire for the new issue, Trank explains that the »


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New Writer For Tomb Raider Reboot

25 February 2015 4:01 PM, PST

Last we heard, 18 months or so ago, Buffy The Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon was working on the screenplay for the developing relaunch of the Tomb Raider movie franchise. Since then there's been an eerie hush, as of an ancient wind keening gently through long-undiscovered cave systems. But who's this breaking through a crumbling rock wall? It's none other than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Evan Daugherty, who's now making a start on his own version of Lara Croft's next adventure.Development has been slow on the third Tomb Raider film, which will ignore both the 2001 Angelina Jolie version and its 2003 sequel The Cradle Of Filth Life. The project is coming together at MGM and Warner Bros. under the aegis of producer Graham King. The intended thrust is a young-Lara story along the lines of the most recent videogame instalment from 2013.That game saw a Lara fresh from the academy, »


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Will Ferrell Moves To The House

25 February 2015 10:34 AM, PST

It would appear that Bad Neighbors writers Brendan O’Brien and Andrew J. Cohen really like stories of suburbia, as they’ve set The House, a new comedy script, amongst the squat houses on the outskirts of a town. New Line has won a bidding war to acquire the rights, with Will Ferrell climbing aboard to star.Cohen, who with his partner is also behind the screenplay for new Zac Efron comedy Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates, is set to make his film directing debut with the movie, after working on music videos and acting as second unit director to Nick Stoller on Bad Neighbors.Ferrell, who is on board to produce via his Gary Sanchez company will play a man who, alongside his wife, manages to spend their daughter’s college fund. Desperate to round up some new moolah, they team up with a few neighbours to open »


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