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Never ones to disappoint, Rock and Shock has just announced the second wave of guests who will be appearing at this year's horror/metal convention. In this round of celebs some new faces are named as well as some Rock and Shock favorites.
Among the newest guests announced are Victoria Price, daughter of the iconic Vincent Price, who will be hosting a special presentation on her father's life. WWE Hall of Famer Rowdy Roddy Piper will be making his triumphant return to Worecester. They'll be joined by Dee Wallace, Jake Busey, Tiffany Shepis, Sarah French, and Joe Knetter.
- Scott Hallam
Director Jon Favreau is already in production on his nearly entirely CG-animated The Jungle Book for Disney, but Warner Bros. has now filled out the cast for its own adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling story. Andy Serkis directs the terribly titled Jungle Book: Origins, and fresh off the news that Benedict Cumberbatch will be voicing Shere Khan, THR reports that Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, and Peter Mullan have joined the cast. Moreover, Bad Words star Rohan Chand has been selected to fill the live-action role of Mowgli. The film will be a mix of motion-capture, CG animation, and live-action with Serkis also set to star as Baloo. Hit the jump to find out who the aforementioned actors will be playing in Jungle Book: Origins. Per THR, Bale is onboard to voice the role of Begheera the panther, Blanchett will voice Kaa the sinister python, »
- Adam Chitwood
Yesterday marked the first day of principal photography for Ant-Man. If I’m to be honest, I’m still a bit bummed that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have left the project. I think their take on the Marvel Universe could have been one akin to James Gunn’s approach to Guardians of the Galaxy. Alas, we are still getting an Ant-Man film and the casting is pretty great. We also have a look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang Aka Ant-Man.
From the Press Release
San Francisco, California (August, 18, 2014) – Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s Ant-Man. The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.
Set for release in »
- Andy Triefenbach
Ever since the cult zombie classic Shaun of the Dead hit theaters exactly 10 years ago, many fans have been clamoring for a sequel. While that won't be happening anytime soon, Simon Pegg announced today on his Twitter page that he will reprise his role as Shaun, with Nick Frost returning as Ed for Phineas and Ferb's Halloween special on the Disney Channel this October.
Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 18, 2014
Of course, it isn't known how these beloved characters Shaun and Ed will fit into the Phineas and Ferb story, but the series has a long history of referencing hit movies since the show first started airing on the Disney Channel back in 2007. The show has referenced hits such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, E. »
The Marvel universe continues its expansion today with filming commencing on Ant-Man. As cameras begin to roll in San Francisco, more cast details surfaced and we now know who’s joining Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and the rest of the film’s core cast.
Headlining the new cast additions to Ant-Man are Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, and Judy Greer. They join a cast led by Paul Rudd as Ant-Man (aka Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym (the former Ant-Man). In Marvel’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con, Evangeline Lilly (Lost) was announced to play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym, while Corey Stoll (The Strain) was revealed to portray antagonist Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, a former protégé of Pym’s who takes a dark path after getting his hands on his mentor’s shrinking suit technology.
Marvel hired director Peyton Reed to replace director »
- Derek Anderson
Earlier today, director Peyton Reed announced the official start of production on Marvel's Ant-Man. Marvel Studios and Disney have now issued the official press release, which includes several cast additions including Judy Greer, Mad Men favorite John Slattery, comedian Neil Hamburger (aka Gregg Turkington) and rapper T.I. It also reveals that this Marvel Phase 3 adventure will shoot in San Francisco and Atlanta.
Here is the official PR:
Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel's Ant-Man. The film brings one of Marvel comics' original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film's production.
Timecrimes and V/H/S: Viral director Nacho Vigalondo has returned with the voyeuristic thriller Open Windows, which stars Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey in a fan-stalks-celebrity game of cat and mouse that seems to be spurred on by a faceless psychopath. Vigalondo has always been an interesting director, so I’m eager to check this one out (you can also read Perri’s review of the film out of SXSW). This brief theatrical trailer adds a kinetic quality to the material that seemed to be missing from the promotional materials thus far. I’m hoping the movie lives up to it because, from the looks of this, it could actually be pretty satirical and fun. Hit the jump for the Open Windows trailer and images. Cinedigm releases the film on VOD and Digital Download on October 2nd with a limited theatrical run scheduled for November 7th. Here's the official »
- Evan Dickson
Nacho Vigalondo’s “Open Windows” reminds you why internet porn is bad, though of course you’re probably not going to pay any attention to that lesson, are you? Oh well. Here’s real-life adult film star Sasha Grey doing some actual acting (as a movie adult film star, natch) opposite “The Lord of the Rings” guy Elijah Wood. Yeah, there’s something very disturbing about “Open Windows’” casting, but maybe that’s the point? Check out a new trailer for the film. You’ll never look at internet porn the same way ever again. (Oh, who are we kidding, you probably will.) Oscar®-nominated writer-director Nacho Vigalondo(The ABCs of Death, Extraterrestrial, V/H/S Viral) creates an action-packed world of voyeurism and suspense in his thriller Open Windows. Nick (Elijah Wood, Maniac, The Lord of the Rings) is excited to discover that he’s won a dinner date with his favorite actress, »
The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.
Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.
- Michelle McCue
The sexual thriller is written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo.
The official synopsis reads: "Oscar-nominated writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (The ABCs of Death, Extraterrestrial, V/H/S Viral) creates an action-packed world of voyeurism and suspense in his thriller Open Windows.
"Nick (Elijah Wood, Maniac, The Lord of the Rings) is excited to discover that he's won a dinner date with his favourite actress, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey, Would You Rather, The Girlfriend Experience).
A bunch of major TV casting has happened in the past day or so:
Eddie Izzard ("Hannibal"), Noah Taylor ("Game of Thrones") and Olesya Rulin ("High School Musical") have all scored major roles in Sony Playstation Network's "Powers". The upcoming direct-to-series adaptation of the acclaimed comic follows a pair of cops who investigate crimes related to people with superhuman abilities. [Source: Deadline]
Four more names have joined the cast of the pilot based on the "Scream" franchise for MTV. Bex Taylor-Klaus ("Arrow") will replace the previously set Amy Forsyth in the role of a Lutheran pastor's daughter and aspiring filmmaker.
Also onboard are Bobby Campo ("The Final Destination") as a hunky English teacher, Connor Weil ("Sharknado") as an all-American high school basketball player, and Joel Gretsch ("V," "The 4400") is Sheriff Clark Hudson who is a good guy and father to one of the kids. [Source: The Live Feed]
Newcomer Michael James Shaw »
- Garth Franklin
Actress Miranda Otto is joining the many familiar faces who have signed onto HBO’s increasingly intriguing Westworld. The Lord of the Rings and War of the Worlds co-star has joined the cast of the sci-fi pilot, about a futuristic theme park that caters to dark human desires.
Otto will play “Virginia Pittman,” the head of the park’s Quality Assurance department. We’re told “her brutal honesty with her colleagues and her ruthless efficiency in dealing with malfunctioning ‘property’ have made her a formidable and unpredictable power player in Westworld.”
The Westworld cast has grown rapidly over the past several weeks. »
- James Hibberd
If you were to go see The Giver this weekend without knowing a thing about the book it was based on, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s some sort of suburban Hunger Games ripoff. In reality, Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel predates just about every modern Ya film franchise, from The Hunger Games to Divergent to The Maze Runner—you might even say it established the authoritarian dystopia motif that’s in vogue these days. Unfortunately, all of those other books beat it to the big screen. Instead of looking like the groundbreaking, thoughtful story that’s in the novel, »
- Joshua Rivera
20th Century Fox
Outside of the independent circuit, it would be safe to say that cinema is no longer a director’s medium. The studio executives that bankroll these projects now have the power to overrule the director at almost every turn, which frequently leads to the filmmakers being forced to compromise their artistic and creative vision. In recent years, that problem has been somewhat remedied by the home video market and the advent of the Director’s Cut.
These versions, along with extended and/or unrated editions, are often a chance to see a markedly different version of the movie than the one that hit theaters, or in some cases just an opportunity to rake in a few extra bucks. While The Lord of the Rings extended editions expand upon already-great movies, three different cuts of Oliver Stone’s Alexander still failed to cover the movie’s basic shortcomings. »
- Scott Campbell
Poznan, Poland— Michael Price gets around. The British composer leaves Poznan today after being one of the featured speakers at the Transatlantyk Festival, a week-long event dedicated to film, music, and cuisine, to head straight to Los Angeles for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday (16). Price is nominated for the first time for Outstanding music composition for a miniseries, movie or a special (original dramatic score) for “Sherlock,” the BBC series he composes music for with David Arnold. Price apprenticed with a number of composers, but he also worked as a music editor for years, on such films as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Love Actually,” and “Nanny McPhee.” I hopped in a car with Price to interview him on our way to Transatlantyk’s closing gala. You started as an assistant for the late composer Michael Kamen ("Brazil,""Band Of Brothers," "Lethal Weapon," "Mr. Holland's Opus"), who »
- Melinda Newman
When Legendary Entertainment in 2006 announced plans to produce a movie based on Blizzard Entertainment’s “Warcraft,” the fantasy videogame franchise had completed a successful platform shift to the massively multiplayer online “World of Warcraft,” introduced in 2004, from its 1994 PC-based origins. “Warcraft” became one of the most popular and profitable role-playing games in history.
A decade later, Blizzard has been watching millions of players turn to other properties, many of them recently to free-to-play titles on mobile devices. At its peak in 2010, “World of Warcraft” had 12 million subscribers paying $15 a month. That’s been falling ever since, to 6.8 million at the end of June. And millions more could leave for so-called fremium mobile games before Legendary’s film — directed by Duncan Jones, and with a cast that includes Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper and Paula Patton — is released by Universal Pictures on March 11, 2016.
Blizzard and its parent, Activision, expected to »
- Marc Graser
After four seasons and nearly 50 episodes, Wilfred called it a dog’s life last night in quintessentially existential fashion. [Warning: Wilfred spoilers from here on out.] Viewers were left to ponder the fate of depressive protagonist Ryan Newman (Elijah Wood) and his canine best friend turned coping mechanism, Wilfred (Jason Gann). But the dark-as-night comedy’s closing chapter also offered some of its hardest-earned pathos and, depending on your interpretation, either a deeply satisfying meditation on moving forward or a bleak affirmation of ill fate. Hours ahead of the finale’s broadcast, having not yet seen the fully produced episode himself, Wood spoke with Vulture via cell phone about the show’s multidimensional journey, whether it will ever eclipse his association with The Lord of the Rings movies, and his feelings about the word selfies.Do you think Ryan’s dead?When I read the script, that was my feeling. At the very beginning of the episode, »
- Kenny Herzog
When George R. R. Martin is not writing or aiming expletives at the fans who find it appropriate to speculate about his death, he’s probably on the road. After stopping off at San Diego Comic Con last month and with a mini-tour of the UK this month (southern fans can attend an evening with the writer and fellow fantasy scribe, Robin Hobb in London on the 19th of August), Martin is a busy man. Many will be dissatisfied to see he isn’t slaving over The Winds Of Winter, the sixth instalment in A Song Of Ice And Fire (for the reaction just look to Twitter: ‘Lock Yourself Away And Finish The Winds Of Winter, Your Grace’ and ‘I long for the day when »
Sean Back is back on TV in TNT’s Legends (premieres Aug. 13, 9 p.m. Et). Based on the book by spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends centers on Martin Odum (Bean), an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations division who begins to question his own identity when a stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be.
We did a little digging of our own when Bean visited EW for our “Firsts & Worsts” video series. Watch his installment and read a full transcript below.
EW: What was your first role?
Sean Bean: »
- Mandi Bierly
To promote the Target exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a short featurette has arrived online entitled ‘Setting Up The Sinister Six’, which features director Marc Webb and Marvel legend Stan Lee talking about the team of supervillains, who will of course be getting their own spin-off movie in November 2016 courtesy of Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). Check it out here…
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out on DVD and Blu-ray in the States on August 19th and in the UK on September 1st, and features returning stars Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker) and Denis Leary (George Stacy) alongside new additions Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Electro, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti (12 Years a Slave) as The Rhino, Chris Cooper (American Beauty) as Norman Osborn, »
- Gary Collinson
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