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As a veteran, two-time Oscar-winning actor, you.d think that there are very few things left that go on in front of a camera that are beyond Tom Hanks' comfort zone. However, on last night.s The Late Show with David Letterman, the actor humorously recalls a rather bizarre five hours on the set of the upcoming Inferno with a hilarious impression of the directorial stylings of one Ron Howard. Hanks. story on Letterman comes from the set of Inferno, the third film adaptation of Dan Brown.s Robert Langdon series that started with The Da Vinci Code, and illustrates a specific challenge in modern filmmaking, attempting to evoke emotional interactions with imaginary CGI elements that only exist in concept during shooting. The scene in question involves Hanks. Langdon and Felicity Jones. Dr. Sienna Brooks being chased in the majestic ancient hallways of Florence.s Palazzo Vecchio. However, the »
"It's got politics in it. It's got religious intolerance and extremists in it, you know, the ends justify the means. It's got mystery and sex. Really what it's got most of all is skillful storytelling. They know how to engage you," reveals actor Jason Isaacs during our recent video chat (watch below) about his new limited series "Dig" on USA Network. -Break- Isaacs stars on the 10-part program as FBI Agent Peter Connelly, a man who uncovers an international conspiracy over 2,000 years old while investigating a murder in Jerusalem. He refers to the original pitch of the show as a mix between "The Da Vinci Code," "Indiana Jones," and "Homeland." Indeed, "Homeland" co-creator Gideon Raff and "Heroes" creator Tim Kring are the showrunners. He adds, "This subject of the end of the world and some of the real-life lunatics all around us here in America and other places, they..." »
Though neither The Da Vinci Code nor Angels and Demons wowed critics, Universal execs were certainly thrilled with both films’ box office performance (the former was 2006’s second highest-grossing film, while the latter was 2009’s ninth), and so threequel Inferno is moving full steam ahead. Cameras are currently rolling on the film, with shooting having recently concluded in Venice, Italy, and director Ron Howard (who also directed the two previous installments) has been tweeting some snaps from the production.
Tom Hanks reprises the role of Professor Robert Langdon, who awakens in an Italian hospital with no memory of how he got there. Partnering with the brilliant and beautiful Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones, hot off an Academy Award nomination for her powerhouse performance in The Theory of Everything), Langdon attempts to recover his lost memories and in the process ends up hunting a madman with plans to release a deadly »
- Isaac Feldberg
It’s been six years since we last say Hanks as Langdon on the big screen in Angels & Demons, the sequel to the enormously popular The Da Vinci Code. Once again based on Dan Brown’s best-selling novel, Inferno picks up with a confused Robert Langdon waking up in an Italian hospital room with no recollection of the events of the past few days. Along for the ride is Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) who joins forces with Langdon to help recover his memory and stop a madman from releasing a global plague with ties to Dante’s Inferno.
- Rachel West
Quite a few big upcoming movies started production this week, including the next film in Universal’s franchise of Dan Brown adaptations. The Da Vinci Code and its follow-up Angels & Demons were both sizeable box office successes, and director Ron Howard and Co. are indeed moving right along with the next entry, Inferno. Based on Brown’s novel of the same name, the story finds Tom Hanks’ Robert Langdon waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia and subsequently teaming up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (played by Felicity Jones) to try and recover his memories. They also attempt to prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s Inferno. Inferno is actually the fourth book in Brown’s series of novels, and while a feature film adaptation of The Lost Symbol was developed, Universal ultimately opted to go with Inferno next. As filming is now underway in »
- Adam Chitwood
Paul Bettany couldn't hear anything.
When the 43-year-old actor initially donned a noggin-encasing headpiece to portray the mysterious Vision inAvengers: Age of Ultron, in theaters Friday, Bettany could barely make out what anyone was saying around him. That isolation ended up fueling his imposing performance in the follow-up to the 2012 smash that brought together Marvel's mightiest heroes.
"I would go to a place of real Zen, where I meditated on the line of thousands and thousands of actors that would love to be in my position in an uncomfortable suit," said Bettany in a recent interview at Disney Studios. "However, I would be lying to say it didn't take a great deal of (expletive) effort not to rip it off. They ended up drilling holes in it because I literally couldn't hear anything."
After five years of voicing Tony Stark's soothing operating system sidekick J.A.R.V.I.S. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Inferno once again sees Tom Hanks star as Robert Langdon, who this time around, wakes up in a hospital ward in Florence with no memory of the previous few days, or the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings.
With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno.
To celebrate day one of production, Howard posted a couple of pics himself »
- Paul Heath
The popular literary series has passed through several studios over the last 33 years, with Ron Howard being the most prominent director to have worked on the project.
Warner Bros most recently passed on plans for a film series and television spinoff two years ago, but TheWrap reports that Sony will revive the multi-platform project with production company Media Rights Capital.
Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman said today: "There are few projects out there that compare with the scope, vision, complex characters and fully drawn world that Stephen King has created with The Dark Tower.
"I am a giant fan. And, as Stephen himself does, we »
Annapurna Pictures has named David Kaminow president of marketing, several weeks after he departed from Sony Pictures.
Kaminow will report to founder Megan Ellison and will oversee global marketing and publicity.
Annapurna’s upcoming slate includes Richard Linklater’s “That’s What I’m Talking About,” which will be released in theaters later this year by Paramount; David O. Russell’s “Joy,” set for a Christmas launch by Fox; and Ana Lily Amirpour’s dystopian drama “The Bad Batch,” starring Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves.
In 2009, Kaminow was named president of worldwide strategic marketing and research at Sony, where he oversaw all worldwide theatrical market research. He’s the latest in a long line of executives to depart from the studio over the past two years.
He worked on Sony titles including the Spider-Man franchise, “Skyfall,” “21 Jump Street” and its sequel, “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels and Demons, »
- Dave McNary
After the main cast was announced in February, production is about to get under way on director Ron Howard's Robert Langdon adventure Inferno. BadTaste.it is reporting that filming is set to begin at the end of April in Florence, Italy, where shooting will take place until mid-May. Production will then move to Venice, Italy and then Istanbul, Turkey.
Inferno is the third adaptation of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon novels, following The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009). Tom Hanks returns as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. Felicity Jones plays Dr. Sienna Brooks, who helps Langdon recover his memory and unravel a terrorist plot that has ties to Dante Alighieri's literary classic Inferno.
Deadline reports Goldsman would not be writing but assembling and overseeing a “writers room” to hatch an idea for how to tackle a two-part sequel in the film’s franchise in addition to potential spinoffs. Goldsman would likely join Bay, di Bonaventura and Steven Spielberg as a producer.
It’s unknown whether Bay will return to directing duties for any new installments. He is currently in pre-production on his Benghazi thriller “13 Hours.”
The franchise is a huge priority for the studio with the most recent film, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” crossing the $1 billion worldwide box officer marker last year, making it the third film in the franchise to pass that milestone.
- Justin Kroll
He will oversee marketing for the company, which supports EuropaCorp’s film releases in the United States along with Relativity’s slate. Gargotta will report to Relativity president Tucker Tooley and EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert.
Gargotta stepped down in July as president of Sony Pictures Worldwide Creative Advertising in one of a long line of departures at the Culver City lot. During 13 years at Sony, Gargotta oversaw and conceived marketing campaigns for “The Da Vinci Code,” “Salt,” the “Jump Street” movies, “American Hustle” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise, along with the ad materials for the last three James Bond titles — “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall.”
He previously worked at Intralink Film Graphic Design and Trailer Park Inc.
- Dave McNary
Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution has appointed Tommy Gargotta as president of theatrical marketing, the studio announced Thursday. Gargotta will oversee marketing for the distribution company which supports EuropaCorp’s film releases in the U.S. and Relativity’s slate. Gargotta will report to Relativity president Tucker Tooley and EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert, who jointly made the announcement. Gargotta joins Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution following 13 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, most recently serving as president of worldwide creative advertising. At Sony, Gargotta oversaw and conceived marketing campaigns for films and franchises such as “S.W.A.T.,” “50 First Dates,” “The Da Vinci Code, »
- Jeff Sneider
In a video that will make your whole day if not your whole week, legendary actor Tom Hanks appeared on The Late, Late Show with British un-funny man James Corden where the pair re-enact a large portion of Mr. Hank’s film roles including Forrest Gump, Big, Bachelor Party, The Money Pit, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch, Road to Perdition, Joe vs. The Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips, The Terminal, A League of Their Own, You’ve Got Mail, That Thing You Do, The Polar Express, Catch me if you Can, Cloud Atlas, The Green Mile, Larry Crowne, Castaway, Philadelphia, The Da Vinci Code, Saving Mr. Banks, Splash, Apollo 13 and the Toy Story trilogy.
Check out the video below:
Pretty cool, eh?
- Luke Owen
It's been a whopping 14 years since Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone made its big screen debut.
A lot has changed since then - most notably the child stars which the movie franchise made famous.
Now - after the internet was astonished to see what Harry Potter's Neville Longbottom looks like now - Digital Spy has donned our sorting hat to see what the now-muggles look like today...
1. Harry Melling as Dudley Dursley
Post-Potter, Harry Melling has had parts in Merlin, Just William and Garrow's Law. Last year, he also performed a one-man play in New York called peddling and starred opposite Scarlett Johnson, Patsy Ferran and Felix Scott in The Angry Brigade.
2. Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
We nearly lost our Snitch when we saw the transformation Matthew Lewis has had since his days as Neville Longbottom. He's gained a beard, good looks and also a role in BBC Three comedy Bluestone 42. »
Just one month after confirming the main cast for Sony Pictures' new Robert Langdon adaptation Inferno, Ben Foster is in talks to star in this sequel to the 2006 blockbuster The Da Vinci Code and 2009's Angels & Demons. Tom Hanks is reprising his role as Robert Langdon from the first two movies in this adaptation of Dan Brown's novel of the same name, which follows an unraveling conspiracy that centers on Dante Alighieri's classic poem Inferno, about the nine circles of hell.
Ben Foster is playing a villainous scientist obsessed with the novel, who is trying to hatch a scheme to unleash a virus that will solve the world's issues with overpopulation. Other confirmed cast members include Felicity Jones as Dr. Sienna Brooks, who helps Robert Langdon recover from amnesia after waking up in an Italian hospital, Omar Sy as Christoph Bruder, Irrfan Khan as Harry Sims, also known »
After solidifying most of the cast last month, Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's adventure thriller Inferno, one more key cast member has been added to the mix. Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon, the symbologist who always gets in over his head from The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons in a story that sees him suddenly waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, forcing him to team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to help recover his memories in order to prevent some psychopath from unleashing a global plague that is tied to the classic Dante's Inferno. Now Ben Foster is set to play the film's villain. THR reports Foster's role will be a genius scientist who is obsessed with the Inferno and has also dreamed up a plot to solve the world’s overpopulation by releasing a virus. Meanwhile, as we learned previously, »
- Ethan Anderton
Ben Foster is in negotiations to play the villain in "Inferno," Sony and Imagine Entertainment's third film adaptation of a Dan Brown-penned Robert Langdon novel following "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons".
Tom Hanks reprises the role of Langdon and Ron Howard is back in the director's chair for the new film in which he is drawn into a conspiracy to unleash a deadly plague centered on Dante's Inferno, the 14th-century epic poem about the nine circles of Hell.
Foster will play a genius scientist who is obsessed with the Inferno and has also dreamed up a plot to solve the world’s overpopulation by releasing a virus.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Dig stars Jason Isaacs (Awake) as Peter Connelly, an FBI agent who in the midst of a jurisdictional battle with the local police in Jerusalem crosses paths with a young woman who, we eventually learn, is the spitting image of his dead daughter. When Peter again bumps into the redheaded beauty, Emma, they get to talking and then (Earmuffs, »
"The Big Bang Theory" did an episode in which Amy ruins "Raiders of the Lost Ark" for Sheldon by pointing out that for all of the action and adventure, "Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of the story. If he weren’t in the film, it would turn out exactly the same." I've watched "Raiders of the Lost Ark" subsequently and, thankfully, Amy didn't actually ruin the movie. I can't dispute her regarding the main character's agency, but it's still an awesome movie, one of the genre's most thrilling achievements. You cannot, it turns out, ruin "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by pointing out a structure flaw. You also, fortunately, cannot ruin "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by doing a dreadful story about nefarious forces searching for the Ark of the Covenant, or Ark-adjacent artifacts. But if you could ruin "Raiders of the Lost Ark" merely by desecrating its dramatic objective, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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