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Kretschmann is LeClerq, the chairman of Syndicate International, an organization which is striving to create an army of unstoppable agents.
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- Garth Franklin
After piloting a giant robot in Pacific Rim, fighting Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World and fighting apartheid in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, British actor Idris Elba is heading into the jungle. Deadline has word that Elba is in final talks to take on the role of the villainous tiger Shere Khan in Disney's new adaptation of The Jungle Book from Iron Man director Jon Favreau. It is said that Elba will "perform the role and provide the voice" so it sounds like there will be some motion capture used on this film to have human actors play the animals, much like Andy Serkis has done Rise of the Planet of the Apes or King Kong. Benedict Cumberbatch also did something similar by doing motion-capture and voice work to bring the dragon Smaug to life in the second installment of The Hobbit. Elba certainly has the perfect voice »
- Ethan Anderton
The Bronx is up, the Battery’s down, and this fall, On the Town — the musical comedy that is considered a “love letter” to New York — will be returning to Broadway in a brand-new production, just in time to coincide with the show’s 70th anniversary. The revival will be produced by Howard & Janet Kagan (Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess) and will feature choreography by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse (Smash). Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown, A Christmas Story) is set to direct.
On the Town will find its new home at The Lyric Theatre, which was most recently called the »
- Andrea Towers
• Leonardo DiCaprio is no longer attached to star as the scrappy Florida beach bum Travis McGee in the big-screen adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s The Deep Blue Good-by (the first in a 21-book series). Though it was being developed for DiCaprio, who earned an Academy nod for his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, the actor decided to exit due to scheduling conflicts. Still, the project does seem to be moving forward for 20th Century Fox: It was just announced that Wolverine’s James Mangold is in negotiations to direct, and Mystic River’s Dennis Lehane penned the »
- Lindsey Bahr
If you cast your mind back to January, you may recall that King Kong’s Thomas Kretschmann joined Avengers sequel Age Of Ultron in the back-up baddie role of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. With shooting on the superhero sequel now underway, Kretschmann has talked to German newspaper B.Z. Berlin and let slip that, in true Marvel fashion, he’s signed for more than one movie.“I have a multi-picture deal which means I will not only appear in the second part, but they're planning with me for a longer period of time,” he says. “But I don't know details yet, they're keeping their cards close to their chest – top secret!” Well, of course you’d say that, you scheming Hydra operative! And, of course, just because he’s signed a multiple film deal, doesn’t mean the option will be picked up, even if it appears that Age Of »
Stalingrad star Thomas Kretschmann is going to appear in not one but multiple, upcoming Marvel movies, beginning with a significant role in 2015′s Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he’ll star as the very serious sounding villain Baron Wolfgang von Strucker.
Kretschmann isn’t very well known to most American audiences, but has been working steadily since the late 1980s in films that range from The Karate Dog, Wanted and King Kong to the aforementioned Stalingrad, which has been performing very well overseas despite having limited to no presence here in the States.
Still, Marvel has an amazing track record when it comes to casting their movies, so we should all just chill out and be super confident about this particular casting choice, even though Baron on Strucker has a long and storied history in the Marvel Universe that is going to make expectations pretty lofty.
For those unfamiliar with the character, »
- Jimmy LeChase
Back in January, we learned that King Kong and Stalingrad star Thomas Kretschmann had signed on for a villain role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Nazi officer who becomes one of the heads of Hydra, the terrorist group from Captain America: The First Avenger. Now it sounds like Kretschmann will be sticking around the Marvel universe for more than one film as an interview with THR has the actor revealing "I have a multi-picture deal which means I will not only appear in [Age of Ultron], but they’re planning with me for a longer period of time.” Sounds like set up for Captain America 3. Kretschmann says, "I don’t know details yet, they’re keeping their cards close to their chest — top secret!” However, Badass Digest says, "Von Strucker appears in the opening scene of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and is quickly apprehended by our heroes, »
- Ethan Anderton
The Baron von Strucker actor's deal has become a common move for Marvel Studios, and Kretschmann added that there are plans for the villain to appear in future films.
"I have a multi-picture deal which means I will not only appear in the second part, but they're planning with me for a longer period of time," he told Bz Berlin (via Comic Book Movie).
"But I don't know details yet, they're keeping their cards close to their chest - top secret!"
The King Kong actor continued: "I was nervous. I was over-prepared - then on the set I went up to Joss Whedon, who is treated as a genius, and said, 'This is my first day, this is huge, please have patience with me, I'm a bit nervous'."
Kretschmann will play 'Baron Strucker' in the 3D feature that has already shot action sequences in South Africa, to be followed by a location move to South Korea, then Italy and UK.
"I have a multi-picture deal," said Kretschmann, "which means I will not only appear in the 2nd part, but they're planning with me for a longer period of time. But I don't know details yet, they're keeping their cards close to their chest - top secret..."
'Baron Wolfgang von Strucker', a former Third Reich officer, is one of the leaders of 'Hydra', an enemy of 'S.H.I.E.L.D. »
- Michael Stevens
Though James Spader will play The Avengers: Age of Ultron's titular villain, Thomas Kretschmann joined the cast in January as the sequel's “initial” threat, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. Talking with B.Z. Berlin last week, the German actor commented on his role and confirmed it to span multiple films. “That's great of course,” he said. “I have a multi-picture deal which means I will not only appear in the 2nd part, but they're planning with me for a longer period of time. But I don't know details yet, they're keeping their cards close to their chest - top secret!” The King Kong actor was asked if the big-budget film made him nervous. “Oh yes, I was nervous,” he admits. “I was overprepared; then on the set I went up to Joss Whedon, who passes for a genius, and said 'this is my first day, this is huge, please have patience with me, »
It’s no secret that our beloved horror movies are often snubbed at the Academy Awards. The horror genre as a whole just doesn’t get all that much respect in the world of cinema, which is why it’s so important for us fans to support and spread the word on the movies we love. Quite frankly, if we're not doing it, nobody’s going to do it for us.
That said, there are a handful of horror movies over the years that have defied tradition, and have actually managed to snag themselves those little golden statues. With the 86th Academy Awards heading our way this weekend, today we shine the spotlight on 10 of those movies, which made all of us horror fans proud!
Though the Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t televised until 1953, it actually began way back in 1929, held at a private dinner party. »
- John Squires
What if I told you that the people of Pompeii had it coming? That the whole city was a moral cesspool and the eruption of Vesuvius was a final judgment on a corrupt society? You would probably object on grounds of basic human decency, and you’d be right. But I’m not the one that thinks so. That would be Hollywood. There aren’t very many movies about the destruction of Pompeii, but the handful that exist share something quite objectively strange. Paul W.S. Anderson‘s fiery dud is only the newest example of this genre, a disaster movie in which the audience is invited to find moral satisfaction in the flames. With Pompeii it isn’t quite so obvious, but I’d argue that’s just because the script is terrible and doesn’t know exactly how to express what it’s going for. You have to look at it in the context of the »
- Daniel Walber
More fun than any civilization’s fiery extinction should ever be, Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii 3-D is gloriously exciting kitsch – a poor man’s Titanic crossed with an even poorer man’s Gladiator. We all know about the explosive demise of the titular Roman city, turned to ash and stone by the eruption of nearby Mt. Vesuvius back in 79 A.D. Over the years, it’s captured the imagination of many artists, particularly E. Bulwer-Lytton, whose 1834 novel The Last Days of Pompeii inspired many (very loose) theater and film adaptations. Previous film versions have tried to add poetic dimension to the tale of this decadent city’s comeuppance. Often, as in King Kong visionaries Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s 1935 film or the classic 1959 Italian peplum starring Steve “Hercules” Reeves (and ghost-directed by Sergio Leone), the story becomes one of Christian sacrifice overcoming Roman venality on the »
- Bilge Ebiri
After rumors have swirled for months, we finally have the official cast line-up for Josh Trank's reboot of the Marvel superhero team Fantastic Four. Just as we heard previously, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller are being lined up for the roles of Johnny Storm (aka Human Torch) and Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic), and now Kate Mara ("House of Cards") and Jamie Bell (King Kong) are in talks to play Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman) and Ben Grimm (The Thing). However, the deals are not yet finalized, and there are some pieces that might not perfectly fall into place before production officially begins. Read on! As of now, The Wrap says Bell is said to be in "heavy discussions" to play The Thing, which is surprising since he's never been connected to the role at all. This makes us wonder if The Thing will be done with motion »
- Ethan Anderton
Teller, playing Mr Fantastic, was heavily rumoured for the role, while Jordan was previously confirmed as playing the Human Torch. The pair can currently be seen on screen together in bromantic comedy That Awkward Moment. Kate Mara, older sister of actor Rooney Mara, will play the Invisible Woman, a role that Emmy Rossum also screentested for. British actor Jamie Bell will play The Thing, and is no stranger to big budget Hollywood fare, having previously appeared in Jumper and King Kong.
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Hot on the tail of the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, it appears we have our second massive comic book film story of the week.
Coming Soon have revealed the four members of the main cast for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot film – although we stress that this hasn’t been confirmed by Fox Studios yet. The four actors who are said to be in the film are Miles Teller (Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic), Kate Mara (Susan Storm/Invisible Woman), Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm/The Thing) and Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm/The Human Torch).
Each of those actors should be mostly familiar to fans. Bell of course made a break out appearance in Billy Elliott before going on to appear in films like King Kong, Jumper and most recently Nymphomaniac. Michael B. Jordan is just one of those actors that you’ve seen in something – and has a »
- Brian Chapman
After months of speculation we now have winners it seems. The long rumored Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan - along with the freshly linked Jamie Bell - are reportedly making deals to play the titular quartet of Marvel superheroes in the "Fantastic Four" reboot at 20th Century Fox.
Jordan ("Fruitvale Station," "Chronicle") is playing the Human Torch and has been linked to the project the longest. Mara ("House of Cards") is said to have scored the role of Sue Storm aka Invisible Girl in an earlier round of screentests.
- Garth Franklin
According to multiple sources of The Wrap, 20th Century Fox may have found all four lead actors to portray Marvel's First Family in The Fantastic Four reboot next year. Michael B. Jordan has pretty much signed on to play Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, while Shooter actress Kate Mara has entered final negotiations to play his sister, Sue Storm aka Invisible Woman. "It remains unclear how the film will explain their relationship as siblings," notes the source. Meanwhile, Whiplash actor Miles Teller is also said to be nearing a deal to play Reed Richards, aka Mister Fantastic, however, his commitment to the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, could cause scheduling issues and prevent him from joining the Josh Trank-directed film. Nevertheless, Billy Elliot and King Kong's Jamie Bell is said to be the latest name attached and the final piece to The Fantastic Four lineup. The English actor is »
Memo: To Donna Langley
In keeping with this column’s tradition of dispensing advice to people who haven’t asked for it, I am offering herewith some ideas for you to ponder as you embark on your expanded responsibilities at Universal. Think of them as a version of Bill Maher’s “New Rules”: As such they can be ignored, ridiculed or even implemented. But I figure that running a studio these days is equivalent to combat duty, so any incidental insights may prove helpful.
» In developing a studio slate, Donna, filmmaker relationships are clearly important, but a lineup of hot directors can translate into box office malaise. Remember Universal’s imposing 2005 slate embracing Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Peter Jackson and Sam Mendes? They all had off years at the box office (Spielberg’s offering that year was “Munich,” Jackson’s “King Kong”).
» Efforts to replicate past successes are tempting, »
- Peter Bart
You can put it down to luck, clever career management or a combination of the two, but there's no doubting that over the past three years Matthew McConaughey has pulled off a career comeback, a 'McConaissance', the likes of which Hollywood has rarely seen.
After a string of certified duffers - including Sahara, Fool's Gold and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - McConaughey is now on a winning streak that could well culminate in him lifting the Best Actor Academy Award next month for Dallas Buyers Club. He's also one of the most in-demand A-listers around, with the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linkater, William Friedkin and Christopher Nolan all casting him in prestige projects.
If McConaughey, the one-time shirtless, tussle-haired Texas Surfer, Dude, can turn things around so dramatically, surely there are other big name actors out there with a locker full of surprises? Digital Spy takes a »
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