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New images of Al Pacino as Phil Spector

9 December 2012 3:26 PM, PST

Having been filmed in 2011, HBO is yet to release David Mamet’s (Glengarry Glen Ross) Phil Spector film starring Al Pacino (The Godfather), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock) and Jeffrey Tambor (The Hangover). However, courtesy of Bleeding Cool we have some new images of Al Pacino as the music mogul:

Phil Spector was put on trial in 2007 for the murder of actress / model Lana Clarkson and the forthcoming film centres on the relationship between Spector (Pacino), his defence attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Mirren), and Bruce Cutler (Tambor), another member of the defence team.

The first trial ended in a mistrial, but in the second he was found guilty and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison. Spector produced over 25 Top 40 hits in the 60s and went on to work with artists such as Ike and Tina Turner, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Ramones. In 1989, Spector was inducted into the Rock and »

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Movie Review - Life Just Is (2012)

9 December 2012 2:10 PM, PST

Life Just Is, 2012

Written and Directed by Alex Barrett

Starring Will de Meo, Jack Gordon, Nathaniel Martello-White, Fiona Ryan, Paul Nicholls, Jayne Wisener and Rachel Bright

Synopsis:

Pete, Tom, Claire and Jay are university graduates having trouble making the move into adult life.

“Well there’s an hour and a half of my life I’ll never get back”. These are the ironic first words of the movie which act as a self-fulfilling prophecy for Life Just Is. I watched the movie from start to end and as the credits rolled, I said to myself, “well there’s an hour and a half of my life I’ll never get back”.

Have you ever seen a film where nothing happens? I’m not talking about movies that feel like nothing happens like Kevin Smith’s 1994 cult classic Clerks, but a movie in which literally nothing happens apart from people standing around talking. »

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First teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness

9 December 2012 10:28 AM, PST

Paramount Pictures has released the first footage from J.J. Abrams' hotly-anticipated and hugely-secretive sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, with iTunes debuting a rather splendid one-minute 'online exclusive' teaser trailer which should leave both Trekkers and non-Trekkers giddy with anticipation for the film's arrival this coming May.

Star Trek Into Darkness reunites Abrams with the cast of his 2009 reboot, with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin all returning to crew the USS Enterprise as they square off against Benedict Cumberbatch's (Sherlock) as-yet-unrevealed villain. Also joining the cast of the sequel are Alice Eve (Men in Black 3), Peter Weller (RoboCop), Nazneen Contractor (24), Noel Clarke (Doctor Who) and Nolan North (Young Justice).

A new theatrical trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness is set to accompany The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in cinemas next week, while the first nine minutes of »

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First look image from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

9 December 2012 10:27 AM, PST

Yesterday we got our first glimpse at the closing chapter of Peter Jackson's forthcoming fantasy epic The Hobbit with the release of an official image from The Hobbit: There and Back Again featuring Orlando Bloom as Legolas and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman. However, with The Hobbit now a trilogy, there's also the small matter of the middle instalment, and thanks to Entertainment Weekly we've now got the first image from the second movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which shows Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins atop an enormous pile of treasure.

Judging by the expression on Bilbo's face, we can probably assume he's just noticed a) a rather angry, fire-breathing dragon, b) Khan, or c) Gary Mitchell...

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens this coming Thursday (December 13th) in the UK and Friday (December 14th) in North America, with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug following on December 13th, »

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Nicolas Winding Refn in talks to join Denzel Washington on The Equalizer

9 December 2012 10:27 AM, PST

Sony Pictures and Escape Artists may have found a director to bring their feature adaptation of the 1980s television series The Equalizer to the screen, with Variety reporting that an offer has been made to Nicolas Winding Refn, the acclaimed Danish filmmaker behind the likes of Pusher, Bronson and Drive, and negotiations are expected to commence shortly.

The Equalizer is based on the classic TV series headlined by the late Edward Woodward, who starred as Robert McCall, a former black ops agent from an unnamed government intelligence agency attempting to atone for his past by offering his particular skillset free of charge to those in need. The script for the film has been written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2), who is currently tackling the screenplay for the live-action Masters of the Universe remake, while Denzel Washington (Safe House) is attached to star in what is being eyed as a potential franchise. »

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Second Opinion - Seven Psychopaths (2012)

9 December 2012 9:11 AM, PST

Seven Psychopaths, 2012.

Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh.

Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Željko Ivanek, Michael Pitt, Gabourey Sidibe, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Stuhlbarg and Harry Dean Stanton.

Synopsis:

Men steal dogs, there are psychopaths, it gets a bit messy.

The trailers for Seven Psychopaths portray it as a completely different film - the green band trailer in particular sells a movie and characters that you will not be seeing. So be prepared for this, but know that you are in for a great time at the movies.

Seven Psychopaths is quite unique, and because of this it takes a time to really get going. Colin Farrell plays, Marty, a screenwriter living in Los Angeles who is having trouble with his latest project, which just so happens to be titled; Seven Psychopaths. The film follows a strange path as the start »

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Mario being lined up for Wreck It-Ralph 2

9 December 2012 6:15 AM, PST

Here in the UK, we've still got a couple of months to wait until the arrival of Disney's video game-inspired CG-animated offering Wreck-It Ralph (and sadly, we're embargoed from telling you how good it is). However, the film has already proved a big hit with audiences and critics alike across the pond (not to mention giving the studio its best-ever opening for a non-Pixar animated feature) so it won't come as much of a surprise to learn that talks are already underway about a sequel.

"Some of the big muckety-muckets at the studio, who I just saw the other night, were like ‘We’re talking sequel!’" says John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), who voices the eponymous villain-turned-hero. "The movie made $150 million dollars in eleven days, it broke the box-office record for Disney animated movies on opening weekend. If that’s any indication that we’ll be doing a sequel… I »

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Burning Down the Picturehouse

9 December 2012 5:01 AM, PST

Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...

Moviescope writes, on December 6th, about the purchase of Picturehouse by Cineworld:

Arts Alliance has been the majority shareholder of Picturehouse – which trades as City Screen Group – since 2002. Cineworld are now in possession of a total of 21 Picturehouse sites across the country, as well as Picturehouse Entertainment, the company’s distribution arm. It adds to Cineworld’s 80 sites around the UK.

Cineworld used its twitter feed this morning to assure Picturehouse patrons: “We love Picturehouse… so (we’re) not planning to get involved with how it’s run.”

Picturehouse will hope to open up to ten more cinemas already mooted across the country using the extra funds now available at Cineworld. The acquisition will also strengthen its hand in pursuit of opening a site in central London.

Read the full article here.

My love of the Picturehouse chain stems back to my own »

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First poster for the sci-fi epic Oblivion starring Tom Cruise

8 December 2012 5:11 AM, PST

As we await the arrival of the first trailer this coming Sunday, Universal Pictures has released a theatrical poster for director Joseph Kosinski's (Tron: Legacy) upcoming sci-fi thriller Oblivion, which stars Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher) as one of the last remaining inhabitants on a future Earth ravaged by years of war. Take a look at the poster here...

"On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought »

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Thoughts on the first teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness

8 December 2012 5:10 AM, PST

Luke Owen discusses the first teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness...

It’s a real testament to J.J. Abrams and his team that in this day and age they have managed to keep so much of Star Trek Into Darkness shrouded in secrecy. Even after the announcement of his casting many moons ago, we’re still really unsure just who Benedict Cumberbatch’s (Sherlock) character is. Is he Khan? Is he Gary Mitchell? Well, with the release of the trailer today, we still don't know.

The Star Trek Into Darkness trailer is what I would call a pretty generic teaser that is very similar to the Iron Man 3 trailer (which in itself was very similar to The Dark Knight Rises trailer). Benedict Cumberbatch’s deep voice looms over footage from the film promising Gotham’s reckoning the end of superheroes vengeance on the world, while we are treated »

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Will Thomas Jane return as The Punisher?

8 December 2012 2:02 AM, PST

During this year's San Diego Comic-Con, actor Thomas Jane delivered a treat for fans of Marvel's vigilante anti-hero The Punisher by reprising the role of Frank Castle for a gloriously violent short film entitled Dirty Laundry [which you can watch here]. The unofficial short saw Jane returning to the role he portrayed on the big screen in 2004's The Punisher before being replaced by Ray Stevenson (Thor, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) for Lionsgate's 2008 follow-up / reboot Punisher: War Zone, and offered up more excitement in its brief running time than the previous three feature-length offerings combined.

Sadly however, it looks like Dirty Laundry could be the last time we see Jane in the role, with the actor playing down the possibility of any further shorts during an interview with Nerd Bastards (via ComicBookMovie)...

"Well as far as The Punisher goes I kinda said what I wanted to say with the short film and it was the version »

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Zach Helm hired to write Jumanji remake

7 December 2012 5:15 PM, PST

The remake train pulls into the station once again...

Several sources are reporting that Stranger Than Fiction writer Zach Helm has been hired to pen a remake of the 1995 Robin Williams movie Jumanji, which is to be produced by Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler, the former of whom worked on this year's The Amazing Spider-Man.

Directed by Joe Johnston, Jumanji was based on the 1981 Chris Van Allsburg book of the same name about a magical board game which releases wild animals and killer plants with each turn. The film also starred Bonnie Hunt (The Green Mile), Kirsten Dunst (the Spider-Man trilogy), Bradley Pierce (The Borrowers) and Bebe Neuwirth (Fraiser), and made a name for itself with its (at the time) ground breaking special effects. The film had a pseudo-sequel in 2005 directed by Jon Favreau called Zathura.

Ted Field, executive producer on the original, will also act as executive producer on »

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Giveaway - Win The Hunters on DVD

7 December 2012 8:36 AM, PST

The distributors of The Killing and The Bridge, Arrow Films, is set to release The Hunters (a.k.a. Jägarna), the prequel to director Kjell Sundvall’s False Trail, on DVD for the first time in the UK on December 10th, and to celebrate we have three copies to give away.

Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...

"After working for the Stockholm police for several years, Eric (Rolf Lassgård; Wallander) returns to his home village to live with his younger brother Leif and work in the local police department. At first welcomed home with open arms, Eric soon forges a path of estrangement and destruction when he single-handedly sets about solving an on-going case concerning the slaughter of local reindeer, a problem that the town cops have been plainly ignoring. When Eric learns that his brother is involved, events take a further turn »

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Special Features - The Big Questions of 2013

7 December 2012 2:27 AM, PST

Anghus Houvouras tackles the big questions of 2013...

2013 is almost upon us, and there's a lot to look forward to.  It's going to be hard to top 2012, a year that gave film geeks so much to be thankful for.  The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Dredd, Skyfall, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Amazing Spider-Man among others... it was a landmark year for geek cinema.  As we close out this wild and wonderful year, I think it's a good time to ask a few looming questions about the cinematic landscape that is 2013...

1.  Are we finally going to get a good Superman movie?

This one's been a long time coming.  After the long wait for a modern era Superman film, audiences were punished with the Bryan Singer directed exploits of an emo, absentee parent Superman and an anorexic Lois Lane.  We were all very forgiving at the time because the film »

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Movie Review - Seven Psychopaths (2012)

6 December 2012 11:33 PM, PST

Seven Psychopaths, 2012.

Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh.

Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Željko Ivanek, Michael Pitt, Kevin Corrigan, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Stuhlbarg and Harry Dean Stanton.

Synopsis:

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved dog.

Before we begin, I have to confess – I didn’t really “get” In Bruges when I saw it at the cinema. I liked it don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t love it. It wasn’t until I saw it on DVD a few years later that I finally understood what the fuss was about. I get the feeling Seven Psychopaths will have the same effect on a lot of people because it’s a film where you get more out of it the more you think about it. »

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A new poster for G.I. Joe: Retaliation arrives online

6 December 2012 11:32 PM, PST

Having being unceremoniously pushed back from its original summer 2012 release date, the newly-converted-to-3D G.I. Joe: Retaliation is now just under four months away from release and Paramount Pictures has now resumed the marketing campaign for the action sequel by debuting a brand new theatrical poster via the official Facebook page...

Directed by Jon M. Chu (whose credits include Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never), G.I. Joe: Retaliation sees Channing Tatum (Duke), Ray Park (Snake Eyes), Lee Byung-hun (Storm Shadow), Arnold Vosloo (Zartan) and Jonathan Pryce (The Us President) all reprising their roles from 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Newcomers to the cast include Dwayne Johnson (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) as Roadblock, Bruce Willis (The Expendables 2) as Colonel Joseph Colton, Elodie Yung (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Jinx, D.J. Cotrona (Dear John) as Flint, Adrianne Palicki (Red Dawn) as Lady Jaye, »

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First look at Harrison Ford in Ender’s Game

6 December 2012 11:32 PM, PST

Director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) has recently given an interview to EW about his forthcoming film Ender’s Game, which is based on Orson Scott Card’s very popular 1985 sci-fi novel. Set in the future, Ender's Game finds Earth at war with an insectoid race named the Formics and follows Ender, a very gifted and talented child who is one of a group of children being trained at a battle school in the arts of war through increasingly difficult games.

The film stars Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark) as Colonel Graff and rising star Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as Ender, one of the new recruits due to be trained. Thanks to EW, we have our first glimpse of the two characters in action...

Bearing in mind the popularity of the novel, there are high expectations in Hollywood for the adaptation of Ender’s Game and a key element »

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First image from The Hobbit: There and Back Again featuring Orlando Bloom and Luke Evans

6 December 2012 11:30 PM, PST

If you're getting a little overwhelmed by all of the promotional material for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the run up to the film's release next week, then Entertainment Weekly has just the tonic for you - the first official image from The Hobbit: There and Back Again (yes, that's the third one), which features none other than Orlando Bloom, who is set to reprise his role as Legolas from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bloom is joined by Middle-earth newcomer Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans, Immortals), with the Welshman set to portray Bard the Bowman...

Bloom will be joined by several Lord of the Rings veterans in the cast of the forthcoming prequel trilogy, including Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Elijah Wood as Frodo, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Christopher Lee as Saruman, Ian Holm as the older Bilbo and Andy Serkis as Gollum. »

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Dennis Haysbert joins Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

6 December 2012 2:13 PM, PST

Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit) is set to replace the late Michael Clarke Duncan, who sadly passed away in September, in the Robert Rodriguez directed sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The majority of the original cast are set to reprise their roles in the film, which is based on the comic series by Frank Miller. Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four), Jaime King (Pearl Harbor) and Rosario Dawson (Seven Pounds) are amongst the stars that have signed up for the much anticipated sequel.

One of the storylines being adapted is A Dame to Kill For, which was originally published in 1993 and sees Dwight (portayed by Clive Owen in Sin City) entangled in a complicated and deadly relationship with a femme fatale named Ava. Haysbert will be stepping into the role of Manute, the brutal and seemingly unstoppable right-hand man of Ava’s husband, who was originally »

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Kristen Wiig in talks to join Anchorman: The Legend Continues

6 December 2012 1:39 PM, PST

Comedian Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) is in talks to join the cast of the much anticipated comedy sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues.

According to The Wrap, the actress is in talks to play a new love interest for Ron Burgundy, and would join Will Ferrell (Step Brothers), Steve Carell (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Paul Rudd (This is 40) and David Koechner (Get Smart) who are all back to reprise their roles as the news men at a San Francisco TV station. The much anticipated return of Ron Burgundy and his band of merry men is set for next year with Adam McKay (The Other Guys) returning to helm the film and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) producing.

Wiig has a busy schedule of her own and will soon be seen in the forthcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. The film centres on a timid »

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