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Acting alongside Chris Hemsworth in Thor was cool and all, but is there anything that tops sharing the screen with a colossal gorilla? We'll have to ask Tom Hiddleston! The 33-year-old Avengers star is set to star in a new King Kong movie called Skull Island! Per Legendary, the production company behind the flick, Skull Island will look into the cinematic origins of the feared ape, particularly the island he comes from. This is the follow-up film to the 2005 movie King Kong, which was directed by Peter Jackson. Legendary debuted a teaser trailer at San Diego's Comic Con in July. In it, viewers got a glimpse of the eerie placed that birthed King Kong—and there were dinosaurs, monstrous urchins and giant »
During the San Diego Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures revealed that it's developing a "King Kong" prequel, called "Skull Island," focusing on the island where the giant ape lives. Soon after, we heard that "Attack the Block" helmer Joe Cornish was being considered to direct. Meanwhile, "King Kong" director Peter Jackson wanted Guillermo Del Toro to get behind the camera. Now comes word that the job went to Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer). And the star of the new film will be Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Avengers). "Skull Island" is set to hit theaters on November 4th, 2016. »
According to The Wrap, the Loki actor will appear in Legendary's recently announced film.
The film is pencilled in for a November 15, 2016 release date.
The first King Kong movie was released in 1933 and brought its monster to life using stop-motion animation. A high-profile remake, starring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange, was released in 1976, with a Linda Hamilton-led sequel following in 1986.
At Comic-Con this past summer, Legendary Pictures made a surprise announcement regarding development of an action adventure called Skull Island, a film that was said to explore the "cinematic origins" of King Kong. Since then, we've heard that Attack the Block director Joe Cornish was being courted to be at the helm, and 2005's King Kong director Peter Jackson suggested that Guillermo del Toro should direct the film. But instead, a press release from Legendary has announced that Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be at the helm of the film, and Thor franchise star Tom Hiddleston is in talks to lead. Here's Jordan Vogt-Roberts following up on the announcement with his excitement on Twitter: Honored to join the @Legendary family. Brace for Skull Island!! pic.twitter.com/wufi6ejNwE— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) September 16, 2014 Considering the film from Legendary and Universal Pictures is already slated for release on November 4th. »
- Ethan Anderton
Fan favorite Tom Hiddleston has already fought the hulk, now he's ready to face King Kong. The "Thor" and "Avengers" star has been cast as the lead human in Legendary's "Skull Island," which will explore the origins of King Kong. Previous "King Kong" films -- including the 1933 original and Peter Jackson's 2005 remake -- have visited the island before bringing the ape action to NYC. However, according to a press release, "Skull Island" will "take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions." The "parallels" line could be implying that we'll one day see Kong battle it out with Godzilla, another Legendary Pictures property. Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("The King of Summer") has been selected as director of "Skull Island." The script is by Max Borenstein, who co-wrote "Godzilla." "Skull Island" comes to life November 4, 2016. »
- Dave Lewis
A few months ago at Sdcc, Legendary surprised us all when they announced plans for a King Kong spin-off movie called Skull Island, and even screened a brief teaser. Back then they claimed that it wasn't going to be prequel to Peter Jackson's movie, but in the official press release below they definitely make it clear that it will be an origin tale for the great ape. Not only that, but they've signed a director in Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Sundance hit Kings Of Summer) and Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, as a leading man. Have a read of the press release in full for yourselves. Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year's San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring »
Breaking: Legendary Pictures shocked the Comic-Con crowd with a teaser for the King Kong origin film Skull Island. They’ve set Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm, and Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, to star in the Max Borenstein-scripted pic. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world, which was the most electrifying parts of Peter Jackson’s King Kong done for Universal several years ago. Universal Pictures will release on November 4, 2016.
Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling The Kings Of Summer and the FX pilot and subsequent episodes of You’re The Worst. He’s directing Metal Gear Solid for Sony. Hiddleston wows the Comic-Con crowd every time he comes, so this is fanboy catnip right here. UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Andy Galker rep the helmer, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Legendary Pictures have confirmed that Tom Hiddleston will star in "Skull Island," a film exploring the mythical home of King Kong, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts assuming the role of director. It's currently unclear what character Hiddleston will portray, but he will almost definitely be the film's lead. Legendary has not revealed any more plot information, nor whether it will have any connection to the original 1933 "King Kong" or Peter Jackson's 2005 remake. "Skull Island" was originally announced during Legendary's panel at Comic-Con International in July, with a very short teaser trailer and few other details. The production company did say that the movie will "take audiences deeper inside the rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions," citing 2013's »
Vienna might be synonymous with Mozart and Strauss, but Sandra Tomek, founder and director of Hollywood in Vienna, perceives equally strong ties to such movie maestros as Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who established themselves in the Austrian capital before blossoming as key pioneers of the Hollywood film score tradition.
So when Randy Newman receives the Max Steiner Award at the dual Sept. 24-25 event taking place at the city’s storied Vienna Concert Hall, with cousin and fellow film composer David Newman conducting, Tomek views the honor as both a link to the past and a celebration of the present.
“Alfred Newman, David’s father, was a colleague of Max Steiner,” Tomek explains. “And also the Newman family came from Eastern Europe (Russia, to be exact). So there are a lot of ties which are really interesting.”
The award is determined by an international committee of 20 people who »
- Steve Chagollan
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Hollywood has an unhealthy addiction to remakes, and it could very well be the death of them. The big studios didn’t used to be quite so brazen in their endless recycling of old ideas and expansions of lucrative franchises, mind. Nowadays we’re used to, say, the news that King Kong is going to be remade for a fourth time, not five years after Peter Jackson helmed his own three-hour epic rendition of the big dumb monkey film. What’s the point in hiding it? They know people will go and see it. Audiences are loyal to their brands, characters, and recognisable trademarks. It was a long time before tinsel town realised people were so receptive to obvious redos of previous movies, however. They used to try and hide it.
They used to go to great lengths to conceal their remakes, back in the day. Actually, there »
- Tom Baker
Previously announced leads Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale headline the ensemble cast that will be tasked with extensive motion-capture work to bring their animal characters pulled from the pages of Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book to life. Cumberbatch plays the tiger, Shere Khan; Blanchett the evil snake, Kaa; and Bale brings the panther, Bagheera, to life.
Other mo-capped roles include Andy Serkis as the wise bear, Baloo; Peter Mullan as the leader of the wolf pack, Akela; Tom Hollander as the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui; Naomie Harris as the female wolf, Nisha; Eddie Marsan as Nisha's mate, Vihaan; and Jack Reynor as Mowgli's Brother Wolf.
One of the words most often used to describe this summer's terrific "Godzilla" reboot was "Spielbergian" and it looks like the bearded filmmaker was also a big fan. He's bringing aboard Max Borenstein, who was credited with the "Godzilla" screenplay (even though, if we're being totally candid, a small squadron of writers contributed to the screenplay, including Frank Darabont and Rian Johnson), to adapt his 2002 feature film "Minority Report" for the small screen.
The Wrap is reporting that Steven Spielberg and Borenstein will translate the sci-fi adventure, which starred Tom Cruise as a cop in the "pre-crime" division of a futuristic Los Angeles, who uses psychics to help stop violent acts before they occur, for Spielberg's Amblin Television. According to the report Spielberg is targeting a "name" actor to anchor the series, like he did for his summer CBS series "Extant" (he nabbed Halle Berry).
The new series will, presumably, »
- Drew Taylor
After a brief hiatus due to our live coverage of Comic-Con, we’re back with a double-sized edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new trailer for Come Back to Me and I Spill Your Guts 2, release details on Schism, Silent Retreat, and the Class of Nuke ‘Em High soundtrack, and much more:
Come Back to Me Trailer: “Sarah (Walder) and Josh McLaren (Passmore) are a young married couple living in suburban Las Vegas. Shortly after a car accident, Sarah begins to suffer a series of disturbing memory lapses and frequent blackouts that seem to be increasing in intensity. Unsure of what is happening, and feeling as though she is losing her mind, Sarah comes to learn she is pregnant. To add to her shock, she subsequently discovers that her husband is sterile. As her marriage and world begin to fall apart, »
- Tamika Jones
It can be such a beautiful happening when the natural forces of humanity and the wild kingdom can get together and establish a sense of harmony in motion pictures. Also, it can be a compelling yet regrettable conflict as well when man and beast decide to collide in the interest of big screen entertainment. Whatever the case may be certainly does not matter because the concept of beasts of all species (rather it be of the four-legged or two-legged variety) collectively clashing or cooperating sends a special message about triumph, tragedy and just plain tenderness.
In Beast of Burden: Top 10 Human-Animal Combinations in the Movies we will look at some of the best selections where man and animal co-exist whether it be in calmness or chaos. There is no doubt that one can come up with numerous top ten lists detailing their ideal man-animal themes in cinema. The struggle for »
- Frank Ochieng
The visually stunning global hit Noah, from director Darren Aronofsky, is now available on Blu-ray/DVD. The film is an action spectacular with impressive visuals that could have only been brought to life through a collaboration between the visionary filmmaker and Industrial Light & Magic. Visual effects supervisor Ben Snow (who’s also worked on King Kong, Terminator Salvation, Iron Man 1 and 2, and Pirates of the Caribbean 4, and is currently working on Avengers: Age of Ultron) recently spoke to Collider for this exclusive phone interview about how daunting it was to take on the visual effects for a movie as epic as Noah, bringing the Bible to life in a respectful way, working on effects that are specific to the personality of each individual character, the biggest creative challenges on the film, how visual effects have most advanced in the last few years, and how difficult it is to distance yourself »
- Christina Radish
Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.
“Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star ensemble »
- Kellvin Chavez
At long last, the sequel to Disney’s massively successful, if narratively weak, Alice in Wonderland is starting to roll cameras, with James Bobin replacing Tim Burton in the director’s chair. It took a suprisingly long time for this next chapter of the planned franchise to get off the ground, considering the first film broke $1 billion at the box office, but a press release indicates that filming is now underway.
Officially titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, the follow-up finds the original actors returning to their roles, with a bevy of new stars joining both the live-action and voice casts. What the sequel is exactly about is still foggy, but the story is said to “revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.”
Check out the official press release below:
Disney’S “Alice In Wonderland »
- Isaac Feldberg
Disney's Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll's beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland-and back in Time.
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is produced by Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland ) Jennifer Todd (Alice in Wonderland), Suzanne Todd ("Alice in Wonderland) and Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland). John G. Scotti (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) penned the screenplay.
Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star ensemble cast includes:
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen »
Disney met with some success in their live-action version of Alice in Wonderland (with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter), and since the film released, talk of a sequel has been on-going. Now, it's finally moved into production as the cast and crew have gathered together in anticipation of it's May 2016 release. Disney announced cameras have started rolling with a new cast list confirming both old and new members of the cast coming to the production.
I wasn't all that thrilled with Alice in Wonderland when it released. Not that it was a bad movie, I just didn't find it all that special or great. So it's tough to muster up much enthusiasm for this sequel, despite the impressive cast coming back for it. From the press release:
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