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The sacking of the city Troy – and the Ancient Greek conflict, the Trojan War, that preceded it - has been adapted for the screen before. Most recently, it was the focus of the 2004 Brad Pitt movie Troy.
BBC One has now ordered a new, televised take on this epic ten-year siege, under the name Troy: Fall Of A City. It’s been described as a “visceral multi-part series,” and has been created by Spooks and Hanna writer David Farr.
Here’s a synopsis:
“The story of the war between Greece and Troy is an epic tale of love, revenge, intrigue and bloodshed. »
Director Chris Sun (Charlie's Farm) has released the first full length trailer for Boar. This creature feature was shot in the Australian outback. And, the film's central villain is an 8', tusked killing machine. The films stars Nathan Jones (Troy), John Jarratt and Christie-Lee Britten. The first trailer shows dark nights and bloody victims. The full video is below. The film begins and ends with a wild boar. It has grown to a monstrous size. It also wants to protect its territory, from the locals. Now, it is going on a terrifying rampage, while impaling anyone and anything that gets in its way. The trailer begins with old stories of a giant boar. Then, real life signs of it begin to turn up, at a camp site. The local townsfolk look completely unprepared for what is in store for them. Indie horror film fans are encouraged to take a peek past the break. »
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Sneak Peek new images of German actress Diane Kruger ("Farewell, My Queen") in the October 2015 issue of "Marie Claire" (France) magazine, photographed by Daniel Thomas Smith:
The former Elite fashion model is noted for roles including 'Helen' in "Troy" (2004), 'Dr. Abigail Chase' in "National Treasure" (2004) and its sequel (2007), as 'Bridget von Hammersmark' in "Inglourious Basterds" (2009), 'Anna' in "Mr. Nobody" (2009), as 'Gina' in "Unknown (2011), "Farewell My Queen" (2012), as the 'Seeker'/'Lacey' in "The Host" (2013) and as 'Detective Sonya Cross' in the FX TV series "The Bridge".
"...the reason I became an actor was that I love cinema and I love the language," said Kruger, "the universal language of making films whether it's in French or German or English.
"So it's always been my dream to be an international actress, to not be pinned down by my nationality, my accent.
"I sort of want to do it all and so I guess »
- Michael Stevens
Berlin — Wolfgang Petersen has returned to his native Germany to shoot his first feature in a decade — and his first German-language film in 30 years — with some of the country’s biggest stars.
The Warner Bros. production features Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighoefer, Michael Bully Herbig and Jan Josef Liefers in what could end up a German “Ocean’s 11”: Four men — an aging boxer played by Schweiger, an eccentric adman with anger issues (Schweighoefer), a has-been actor (Liefers) and an investment advisor (Herbig) — lose their life savings due to the the actions of an unscrupulous bank director and together forge a plan to recoup their lost fortunes.
The film is a remake of one of the director’s earliest works, “Vier gegen die Bank,” a 1976 German TV movie produced by pubcaster Ard and based on Ralph Maloney’s 1972 novel “The Nixon Recession Caper.”
Speaking at a press conference in Berlin on Monday, »
- Ed Meza
A pair of sections that we’ve been covering almost since its inception, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced their selections for the New Auteurs and American Independents line-ups and we’ve got a noteworthy, eyebrow-raising sampling of award-winning items from the Cannes played hellish immigration drama Mediterranea from Jonas Carpignano to Sundance (Josh Mond’s James White) to SXSW (Trey Edward Shults’ Krisha) winners. Since Park City days, our Nicholas Bell has reviewed a good chunk of these titles, but we’ll still likely have a couple of more reviews once the festival begins. Here are the selections and jury members.
New Auteurs Selections (11 Titles)
From Afar – When a middle-aged man is assaulted and robbed by a young criminal, an unlikely relationship develops. Dir Lorenzo Vigas. Scr Lorenzo Vigas. Cast Alfredo Castro and Luis Silva. Venezuela/Mexico. U.S. Premiere
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Ekta Kapoor and Remo Dsouza's ambitious superhero film A Flying Jatt, has pulled off a major casting coup. Mad Max villain Nathan Jones takes on the mantle of playing the 'Supervillain' to Tiger Shroff's superhero character. An elated Remo Dsouza says, "After watching Mad Max, I was blown away with Nathan's persona and performance. When I met him, I knew we had to have him on board. An internationally renowned wrestler and ace Hollywood baddie, Nathan adds immensely to our film. I'm looking forward to all the action sequences. Directing him will be one hell of a ride!" While Mad Max garnered a frenzy amongst audiences worldwide, and the 7 foot tall Nathan Jones stood out amongst the stellar cast. His physique and persona makes Jones the perfect nemesis to Tiger's Flying Jatt. Shubhodip Pal, CEO, Balaji Motion Pictures adds, "Nathan joins our crew as the big bad supervillain and »
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While promoting his role in Joe Wright's Pan to Comicbook.com, Troy and Inside Llewyn Davis actor Garrett Hedlund weighed in on Disney's decision to halt production on Tron 3. Hedlund had a starring role in Joseph Kosinski's Tron: Legacy, which split audiences down the middle back in 2010. Despite this, many fans have expressed a desire to see where the franchise can go from here, and Hedlund may have just offered them a glimmer of hope. "I haven’t been told it’s totally dead," the actor claimed. "Ever since we did Legacy, we knew that to have another story follow it up, it had to be concrete and exciting. Disney needed to have the right story to go forward." He also remarked on the sequel's early story treatments. "I think it was going to introduce some things that were as exciting as Legacy was and then some, though. »
When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters next year, kicking off the DC Comics cinematic universe, fans will be introduced to the new Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. Before the actress joins the rest of her new superhero friends in Justice League Part 1, she will star in her own stand alone Wonder Woman movie, set for release on June 23, 2017. Aside from Chris Pine, who is playing Wonder Woman's love interest, Steve Trevor, no other cast members or characters have been confirmed for that project yet. Today we have yet another unconfirmed rumor from Heroic Hollywood, which claims that Warner Bros. is eyeing Eva Green and Sean Bean for villainous roles. There will be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
Fans have been wondering which comic book baddie Wonder Woman would be going up against in her solo movie outing, and now we might just have the identities of not 1 but 2 Very powerful villains that are bound to cause all sorts of problems for the Amazonian Princess - plus, we might know the actors that are on Warner Bros.' radar to play them. Heroic Hollywood's El Mayimbe just appeared on the Source Fed Nerd YouTube show and dropped the following info: According to him, Sean Bean (Game Of Thrones, Lord Of The Rings, Jupiter Ascending, Troy) is looking to add yet another legendary Greek character to his repertoire, as he's being looked at for the role of Ares, the God of War. Plus, none other than Eva Green (300: Rise Of An Empire, Dark Shadows, Casino Royale) is wanted to play long-time Wondy foe, Circe the Sorceress. Fans of »
Matthew Lee on the overlooked summer gems of 2015…
As the summer season officially draws to a close, which, for most studios, means an end to the blockbuster bonanza (though, once again, Warner Bros. are going against the grain as they release Pan in October. Didn’t Jupiter Ascending’s reception teach them anything?). During this cluster of huge box office draws, there were a few little gems that may have slipped by some people. As such, this list, in no chronology of pertinence, will readdress these great movies, and highlight what many may have missed out as they instead opted for the spectacle.
Note: These films were released in the UK between 1st June – 31st August.
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A couple of months ago, Lionsgate indicated they were readying an adaptation of Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, for the big-screen. Francis Lawrence (who has a good existing relationship with the studio, having directed all but the first in their Hunger Games cycle) was pegged to direct, and now the film looks to have found a star in Hugh Jackman.
Jackman will play Odysseus, the legendary hero who underwent a decade long struggle to return to Greece following the Trojan war. Jackman has the physique of a Greek God, so portraying one of the nation’s mortal luminaries should be a piece of cake. Expect him to face off against all manner of trial, tribulation and mythic CGI adversary, as this sounds like it’s going to be a period retelling.
The Odyssey will be a major undertaking from Lionsgate, who will be looking to line up a Hunger »
- Daniel Kelly
The last time Hollywood took on Odysseus, we got Troy. But Lionsgate is planning a film based on a different part of the character’s life, with Francis Lawrence developing a take on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. And now they want Hugh Jackman to star.At this point, it’s very early days for the discussions – The Wrap reports that the Wolverine star has just started considering the idea, but has had several conversations with Lawrence and the producers about taking on the lead. If he does agree to star, he’ll be playing Odysseus in the aftermath of the Trojan War, on a 10-year quest to return home, during which time his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with those who assume he’s long dead and are in particular vying for Penelope’s attention as potential new husbands. Once he has a cast in place, »
Although I doubt that Hugh Jackman will be hard up for work once he hangs up Wolverine's claws for the last time in Wolverine 3, it never hurts to have a potential franchise waiting in the wings. The Wrap reports that Hugh Jackman is in early talks to lead Francis Lawrence's adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey" for Lionsgate. Set after the fall of Troy,... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
The dusty old tome Homer's The Odyssey just got fuel-injected with some much-needed excitement. It sounds as though Hugh Jackman is taking this trip to ancient Greece. The star is currently in talks to headline the Lionsgate fantasy adventure based on the ancient poem. It was announced in April that Lionsgate plans to turn the title into a huge action-adventure tentpole.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 director Francis Lawrence is behind the helm. And he's bringing producer Nina Jacobson along for the ride. In May, CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed that Francis Lawrence's deal is for more than one movie. Though how many installments are planned isn't yet known.
Francis Lawrence also directed the second installment of the The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, after original director Gary Ross backed out. Nina Jacobson has been onboard for all four of The Hunger Games movies, »
So far, Jackman is the only actor attached to the project, though the studio has already set Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence to helm and producer Nina Jacobson to oversee the film. Penning the script will be another Hunger Games alum, Peter Craig. The scribe wrote both Mockingjay films, and it’s clear that him and Lawrence worked well together on that franchise, which should bode well for The Odyssey.
The studio is hoping for Jackman to take on the lead role here, that of Odysseus, a Greek hero who “makes the long voyage home to Ithaca after the fall of Troy. This 10-year journey sees Odysseus’ ship blown off course, which leads him and his men into a variety of thrilling adventures. »
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"The Hunger Games" sequel director Francis Lawrence and that series' producer Nina Jacobson are attached to the property, as is "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" scribe Peter Craig who will pen the script.
A follow-up of sorts to "The Iliad," the classic 8th century B.C. tale centers on Odysseus and his legendary journey home after the fall of Troy. During the many years it takes, his wife Penelope fights off suitors.
Lionsgate has not set a release date for the film.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The studio announced in April that it had set “The Odyssey” with “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson attached. CEO Jon Feltheimer disclosed in May that the deal with Lawrence was for more than one movie.
Lawrence took over directing duties on the final three “Hunger Games” movies (including the upcoming “Mockingjay — Part 2”) after Gary Ross exited following the first film. Jacobson has also produced all four films through her Color Force producing banner.
- Dave McNary
Australian actress Rose Byrne turns 36 on Friday, so to celebrate, we're taking a look back at some of her memorable moments through the years. From her hilarious character in 2011's Bridesmaids to her funny turns in Neighbors and Spy, she's had an exciting couple of years in the spotlight, but she's been making memorable movie appearances for more than a decade. Back in 2002, Rose played Dormé in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones before starring alongside Brad Pitt in 2004's Troy. Since then, she's won over fans with her style, too, regularly turning heads with her red carpet looks. In honor of Rose's birthday this week, take a look at some of her stunning Hollywood evolution. »
It was with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of composer James Horner at just 61 years old. Horner died in a plane crash, piloting a small aircraft that went down a day ago in California. The composer is a multiple Oscar winner, taking home Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Titanic, marking just one of his many collaborations with filmmaker James Cameron. All told, Horner was nominated by the Academy ten times, with various other nominations and wins to his credit. He was a well respected musician and giant in the industry, so he will certainly be missed in a big way. Horner was cited by the Academy for his work on not just Titanic, but also Aliens, An American Tail, Apollo 13, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Field of Dreams, as well as House of Sand and Fog. All of the »
- Joey Magidson
James Horner, the Academy Award-winning film composer responsible for the unforgettable scores from films like Titanic, Braveheart and Avatar, died Monday in a plane crash outside Santa Barbara, California. He was 61. While early reports stated that a single-engine plane owned by the composer had crashed into a remote area, it was later confirmed that Horner was piloting the plane and was the crash's lone fatality.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Horner's assistant Sylvia Patrycja wrote on Facebook (via The Hollywood Reporter). "He died doing what he loved. »
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