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Paramount Pictures thinks it's time Star Trek enters the 3-D age. Even if 3-D becomes a non-starter by 2013. The studio has pegged May 17, 2013 as the release date for its sequel to 2009's "Star Trek," creating what will now be a four-year gap between the two films. It's the longest wait Trekkies have had to endure since the seven years between "Star Trek: Nemesis" and J.J. Abrams' reboot. Although Paramount didn't particularly say why it chose May, but it's likely that the success of the 2009 film -- which became the highest-grossing Star Trek film of all time -- might have helped. Also, May 2013 seemed the most likely after production was announced to start in January (months behind original projections), and the decision by Columbia Pictures to move the Roland Emmerich film "Singularity" »
Eon Productions, MGM and Sony Pictures have announced that the 23rd James Bond movie will be titled Skyfall. The first day of filming is scheduled for Monday, November 7, and the movie itself is slated for release in North America on November 9, 2012 and the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 26, 2012.
In making their announcement, the filmmakers also confirmed the key cast starring in Skyfall. Daniel Craig returns to play 007 for his third time; Judi Dench returns as M, the leader of MI6; and Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe and Ben Whishaw are all confirmed to have roles in the movie.
Producing are longtime 007 vets Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The Skyfall screenplay is credited to Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan (Star Trek: Nemesis). And yes, Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) is directing the picture.
We've also got a logline for Skyfall, »
- Patrick Sauriol
With the sequel to J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot getting ready for a shoot early next year, one of the film's co-writers Roberto Orci recently confirmed they're currently scouting locations in preparation. Orci and Mike Johnson are also serving as creative directors on a new set of Idw comic books about the new Enterprise crew.
So what? Well there's been talk that this sequel will jump ahead a few years in time, so the crew will have been serving together for a while. Orci's been giving notes to the comic writers with a few details about the upcoming sequel, meaning the issues themselves will be used to lay some of the ground work for the film.
"It’s fantastic to have Bob’s input, because he can steer us clear of story elements that might conflict with what’s coming up in the next movie, and we can lay »
- Garth Franklin
A couple of weeks back we heard Bond 23 screenwriter John Logan heavily hint towards a familiar villainous face returning to torment the world’s most famous spy in the next 007 movie that begins filming very soon. Right now director Sam Mendes and his Bond team are kicking pre-production into a higher gear, recently securing up shooting locations and no doubt putting the last minute casting details in place. We could be just days away from a firm title announcement on the film along with a reveal over who the new villain is. Could it be a return for Blofeld for the first time since the early 80′s?
So as we like to do around here with our Fantasy Casting series, we have put our heads together collectively and come up with 10 actors who really would make great contenders to stroke that white cat and plot world domination.
These choices »
Well, there are — as former Us secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once said (about something else entirely) — some “known knowns”. Then there are some known unknowns and, quite possibly — although our head hurts just thinking about it — some unknown unknowns… and even…
Oh, look. Here’s what we know for sure — and what’s just been made up in the press, quite frankly…
What’S The Release Date?
We do know this one! It’s 26th October 2012 in the UK; and 9th November in the USA. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Who Are The Producers?
That would be Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. The distributors (and what a tangle That caused when MGM went into financial meltdown) are MGM and Sony Pictures. The MGM/Sony pairing has also been confirmed for Bond 24.
Who’S In It? »
- Tony Greenway
Russell Brand has come a long way since showing his willy on T4, or something. With the release of Arthur, he officially becomes a Hollywood leading man. And he is the latest in, what lazy journalists such as myself call, the British Invasion of Hollywood. For long gone are the days of British actors being drafted in as villains in the hope that some credibility might rub off on an otherwise generic action movie. Well, that still happens. Mark Strong seems to have cornered that market.
But now, well sir. We’re providing comic leads, thespians and superheroes. Proper superheroes! In 2012, Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight), returns as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. Also that year, The Amazing Spiderman will take the form of the ridiculously pretty Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, Never Let Me Go) and after that, Superman himself, The Man Of Steel, will be »
- John Sharp
Memorably scripted by Oliver Stone and boasting a fine yet often overlooked ensemble cast, Scarface is a big movie in every sense. But what happened to the key players, both in front of and behind the camera, once the fake gunfire faded and the theatrical blood was washed away? Join us as we find out.
Influential rocker Patti Smith nabbed some slightly different kudos for her memoir Just Kids last year when she won the National Book Award for non-fiction across the pond. Now the tome is getting the movie treatment, with Smith developing a script alongside Aviator/Hugo screenwriter John Logan.Kids tracks Smith’s relationship with equally legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe after they met in 1967 and lived together for five years as their careers took off. Though they went their separate ways before Smith’s seminal Horses album, the pair remained good friends and Mapplethorpe’s work was the inspiration for several of her album covers.Logan, of course, has had some experience crafting true-life stories into movies, having penned the aforementioned Howard Hughes pic for Martin Scorsese and The Last Samurai. He’s also been behind some hefty fictional films, including Gladiator and Rango. We’re going to let the fact that »
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Because who better to co-write a script about coming of age in New York City during the '60s and '70s than the guy who wrote 'Star Trek: Nemesis,' Deadline is reporting that screenwriter John Logan is teaming up with punk rock icon Patti Smith to adapt her award-winning memoir 'Just Kids' for the big screen.
For those who haven't read the book, 'Just Kids' is about the relationship between Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe as they began discovering their respective careers in music and photography during the '60s and '70s in New York City. For those who don't know about Logan, he's the writer behind 'Gladiator,' 'The Last Samurai,' and the upcoming, yet-to-be-named James Bond movie, 'Bond 23,' among others.
Definitely not the likeliest screenwriting duo out there, but if it ends up being anywhere »
- Aiden Redmond
Having flew inexplicably under the radar in the minds of Hollywood casting agents for way too long, Tom Hardy (who we’ve pegged pretty much from his days as the baddie from Star Trek: Nemesis a decade ago as the next big thing) is now finally starting to be considered for the parts he should have been offered years ago.
For us, he has taken the mantle away from Christian Bale as the next British actor to take on Hollywood’s most daring roles that will challenge the limits of his physical and mental state, putting himself through the extraordinary to give the extraordinary… and it all comes out in his performances. You just need to watch Bronson and Inception back-to-back to see what this man is capable of, how versatile he is and how much confidence he has in his own abilities right now.
You are going to see »
- Matt Holmes
A week ago I just couldn't get myself worked up over the first glimpse of Tom Hardy's back in The Dark Knight Rises. The new pic spread across the internets so fast you'd think his flesh was covered in Lady Gaga tattoos. I couldn't get excited because I'd seen it so many times before with better views; the back, not the shot of "Bane"! Bane once broke Batman's back so it's fitting that we'd see that side of him first. It all comes back to the spine.
So herewith an impromptu top ten random ten shots of Tom Hardy from the back.
10 The Code (2008)
The Code, which often films Tom Hardy from the back as more important characters are viewed from the front while they chat is a prime example of the retroactive casting problem with rising stars. When you watch their pre-ascendance movies, it's totally distracting how little the director notes their presence. »
- NATHANIEL R
Seeing Ron Perlman’s giant mug in the multiplex is a hard thing to get used to. Yet he seems to be there more and more, his movie posters hanging proudly next to the Ben Stillers and Harry Potters. In Season of the Witch his name was next to Nick Cage’s – above the title – and in 2008′s Hellboy 2: The Golden Army he was the main player – the hero.
But Ron Perlman shouldn’t be there. He’s not a movie star, he’s a cult actor; a dead end kid with a face like a stepped in puddle of mud. He’s a scared space pirate, a Neanderthal man, a freak living in the sewers of New York. He’s an alien viceroy, a castaway monster on a desert island, he’s a hunchback abandoned by God.
But then in Hellboy 2: The Golden Army Perlman’s face was, »
- Tom Fallows
FilmDistrict have released a new poster for the Guillermo del Toro-produced chiller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.
Directed by Troy Nixey, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark stars Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins), Bailee Madison (Just Go with It), Alan Dale (Star Trek: Nemesis), Jack Thompson (The Good German) and Nicholas Bell (Shine).
A young girl (Madison) sent to live with her father (Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Holmes) discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark was originally scheduled to be released in January, but due to Miramax’s closure, it was delayed indefinitely. FilmDistrict picked up the rights recently, and plan to release the film later in the year.
Source: Fangoria »
- Jamie Neish
 A little while back, Star Trek: The Next Generation actor and director Jonathan Frakes revealed that director Bryan Singer (X-Men) once had a pitch for a Star Trek television show that never came to fruition. Singer is a well-known Trek fan, and thanks to some string-pulling by X-Men and Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, has even appeared in an uncredited role on Star Trek: Nemesis. Recently, more details have come to light about Singer's failed Star Trek proposal. Read on after the jump to fantasize about what could've been. According to an in-depth story over at TrekMovie, back in 2005, Singer was having dinner with screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and director Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise) when the three of them got to talking about the idea of pitching a new Star Trek series to fill the gap left by Star Trek: Enterprise, which had just been cancelled. Burnett »
- Angie Han
Until the release of the all-new, re-branded, back-to-the-beginning Star Trek in 2009 (dir. J. J. Abrams) commentators all over the world, from hardened Trekkies to critics landed with the job of reviewing the next Trek movie, were unanimously agreed on one thing: even-numbered Trek movies were better than the odd-numbered ones. This could vary from a mild assertion that the even-numbered films tended to be more enjoyable to the insistence that there was nothing of any value whatsoever in the odd-numbered films, but the general point was agreed. Perhaps it’s true that the even-numbered movies have tended to be particularly good – but I want to suggest here that the reverse is not true, and the odd-numbered movies as a whole are not actually that bad.
It’s easy to see how this notion came about; the two worst Trek films by far are both odd-numbered movies. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (dir. »
- Juliette Harrisson
When the announcement of Tom Hardy’s inclusion in Chris Nolan’s third and final Batman film was initially made, the rumour hounds went crazy over who he would play, with the top three options lining up as The Riddler, Hugo Strange and Bane, with the masked muscle-bound madman coming in a distant third in that particular race. So it wasn’t hugely surprising to find a vocal and vociferous opposition to the further announcement that the Brit would indeed be taking on the role of he who is often referred to as the anti-Batman.
But, given the time to reflect on the decision, and the way Bane (and also Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle) will fit in with the rest of the Nolan universe, I think the casting is genius. And here, my Batman-loving friends, is why:
It’s Tom fucking Hardy
He may have recently walked away with the Rising Star Bafta award, »
- Simon Gallagher
The King's Speech was nominated in 14 categories and won in seven, including best film and best British film
It was never the most obvious subject for a thrilling, gets-you-there drama – a reluctant king's treatment for his wretched speech impediment – but the story worked to spectacular effect with The King's Speech last night, triumphing at the Baftas.
The King's Speech was nominated in 14 categories and won in seven, including best film and best British film. Not quite a record – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has nine, The Killing Fields eight – but equal to Slumdog Millionaire's seven.
But it is the subject matter – "two men in a room," said the winning writer David Seidler last night – that makes its global success remarkable. The dialogue-heavy film tells the story of stuttering George VI, who became king reluctantly because his brother abdicated.
It is also something of a sour-tasting pleasure for the »
- Mark Brown
Sky Atlantic launches in the UK, bringing Boardwalk Empire with it. Plus, catch up on Mad Men season 4, and a whole host of movies...
In the preceding few weeks we've had the new series of shows start up with Being Human, Hustle, Not Going Out and Primeval returning to awaiting fans. And a few new shows have shoved their way onto the schedules with Episodes, 10 O'Clock Live and How TV Ruined Your Life settling snugly into their respective spots.
And after quite a feast of fresh programming, this week brings us leftovers (although they're imported leftovers of the highest quality), and a treat many of us won't be able to enjoy. I suppose we can't gorge every week, and they're both still well worth the couch commitment, provided you can tune in, of course...
Reheated and served up to everyone in equal portions comes the fourth season of the excellent, »
The story for "The Dark Knight Rises" is still being kept tightly under wraps, but one thing is now clear: the threequel will most definitely include the character Selina Kyle, otherwise known as Catwoman. Warner Bros. have confirmed that the villainess .- and love interest for Bruce Wayne -. will appear in the third installment of the series and that Anne Hathaway has won the role. Reports have been circulating the web for a while that Hathaway was in the running to play the infamous cat burglar, as was Jessica Biel and Keira Knightley. All three tested alongside star Christian Bale, who recently received a Golden Globe for his work on "The Fighter." Hathaway emerged as the best match for director Chris Nolan's vision. "Inception" and "Star Trek: Nemesis" actor Tom Hardy has also »
In an official press release, spread across the airwaves courtesy of Hero Complex, Warner Brothers announced today that Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries, Love & Other Drugs) has been cast as Selina Kyle, while Tom Hardy (Star Trek: Nemesis, Inception) will portray Venom-infused villain Bane, in Christopher Nolan's upcoming Batman three-quel The Dark Knight Rises.
Hathaway has evidently come out on top among a select group of actresses that included Keira Knightley and Jessica Biel, among others, for the coveted role in one of the most hotly-anticipated films of 2012. Intriguingly, Warner Bros' release does not mention the role of Catwoman specifically, but rather only lists the part as 'Selina Kyle'. As Nolan has unequivocally stated that his next outing to Gotham City will be his last, it will be interesting to see if he closes the door on his Batman trilogy by playing Selina Kyle as a pure love interest »
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