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Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur' Movie Targets Djimon Hounsou

19 November 2014 2:34 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Djimon Hounsou is in talks to play a Merlin-esque mentor to King Arthur in Warner Bros.' upcoming medieval adventure Knights of the Round Table. Idris Elba was in talks to play this mentor named Bedivere back in July, but the actor was forced to bow out due to scheduling conflicts.

Our report from July described Bedivere as the right-hand man to Arthur's father, who becomes Arthur's mentor and teaches the young king how to lead an army. Charlie Hunnam has signed on to play Arthur, with Astrid Berges-Frisbey portraying Guinevere. We reported last week that Jude Law is in talks to play the villain, but his deal has not closed yet. That report also revealed the Bedivere role was the last major role to be cast.

We first reported on this project back in January, when Guy Ritchie came on board to direct. This will be the first in »

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15 Young Adult Novels Turned Into Movies

16 September 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.

Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.

Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.

Over the weekend, Variety reported:

The 20th Century Fox release racked up a strong $8.3 million across five markets last weekend, with debuts that compared favorably to another young adult hit, “Divergent.” “The Maze Runner” is »

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'Ghostbusters 3' Goes All Female, Bill Murray is Baloo and 'Alice in Wonderland 2' Complete Cast Revealed

4 August 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The newest story surrounding Ghostbusters 3 is an interesting one as it has Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) directing, but not the current script, but intead a completely new one from scratch, this one focusing on a female group of ghostbusters. There is no deal yet, but Feig is said to be interested and even tweeted recently, "Interesting how making a movie with men in the lead roles is normal but making a movie with women in the lead roles is a 'gimmick.'" Far from a commitment, but definitely showing a sign of interest. Considering Feig is again working with Melissa McCarthy on Spy, I think it goes without saying she'd be a top choice for the film should it come to pass and a few other great possibilities could include Rose Byrne, Emily Blunt and I'd love to see "SNL"'s Kate McKinnon get a movie role such as this. »

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'Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass' Begins Filming with James Bobin Directing

4 August 2014 8:46 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

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

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Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass Kicks Off Production

4 August 2014 8:34 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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 »

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Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass Officially Starts Production

4 August 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

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: 

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, »

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Huge Cast Lines Up For Disney’s Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass

4 August 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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”) will direct.

The Disney movie 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.

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- Michelle McCue

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Giveaway – Win tickets to the premiere of Plastic starring Will Poulter, Alfie Allen and Ed Speleers

23 April 2014 10:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Plastic, at cinemas April 30th (cert 15), we have teamed up with Paramount Pictures UK to give away a pair of tickets to attend the film’s premiere in London on April 29th.

Based on a true story, Plastic is a fast paced thriller which follows the fortunes of a young group of students who fall foul of a sadistic crime boss. They are given two weeks to raise £2 million – otherwise they must face the consequences…

Using a series of smart cons, the guys fly to Miami and target Florida’s big spenders and their credit cards. But as greed and jealousy threaten the friends, they need one last heist before their past catches up with them…

Set in London and Miami, Plastic is the Ocean’s Eleven for the next generation. Directed by BAFTA nominated Julian Gilbey, and boasting a sparkling array of young British actors – including Ed Speleers (Eragon, »

- Gary Collinson

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Jesse Plemons and John Boyega reportedly at the top of J.J. Abrams' list for 'Star Wars' lead

13 March 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) "Breaking Bad" alum Jesse Plemons and "Attack the Block" star John Boyega are among the frontrunners to play the lead role of a young Jedi in "Star Wars: Episode VII", sources tell Variety. Other performers reportedly under consideration by director J.J. Abrams: "Eragon" and "Downton Abbey" star Ed Speleers, and theater actors Matthew James Thomas ("Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark", "Pippin") and Ray Fletcher ("Fetch Clay", "Make Man"). Although the search remains open, the website contends those names are now at the top of the list. According to Variety, while details about the character are sparse, he’s expected to be a Jedi apprentice. While Michael Arndt’s original draft is said to have focused on the children of Han Solo and Princess Leia, the rewrite by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan reportedly move them into supporting roles. Plemons, the "Friday Night Lights" alum who played the fan-favorite »

- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources

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Star Wars Episode 7: battle for lead in Jj Abrams film in full force

13 March 2014 5:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

And the Jedi goes to … Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons and Downtown Abbey's Ed Speleers among those shortlisted

Star Wars Episode VII: casting Adam Driver as a villain is one very odd move

Downton Abbey's Ed Speleers and Attack the Block's John Boyega are on a shortlist of five actors tipped for a leading role in director Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, reports Variety.

The pair join Jesse Plemons, who was in Breaking Bad, as well as stage specialists Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher, in the running to play a young Jedi apprentice who will take on Adam Driver's previously announced "Darth Vader-like" villain.

Episode VII will focus on the heroes of the original trilogy – Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo – but a younger actor is also being sought who will presumably move to centre stage for succeeding films. Variety reports that Abrams »

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Star Wars Episode 7: battle for lead in Jj Abrams film in full force

13 March 2014 5:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

And the Jedi goes to … Breaking Bad's Jesse Plemons and Downtown Abbey's Ed Speleers among those shortlisted

Star Wars Episode VII: casting Adam Driver as a villain is one very odd move

Downton Abbey's Ed Speleers and Attack the Block's John Boyega are on a shortlist of five actors tipped for a leading role in director Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, reports Variety.

The pair join Jesse Plemons, who was in Breaking Bad, as well as stage specialists Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher, in the running to play a young Jedi apprentice who will take on Adam Driver's previously announced "Darth Vader-like" villain.

Episode VII will focus on the heroes of the original trilogy – Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo – but a younger actor is also being sought who will presumably move to centre stage for succeeding films. Variety reports that Abrams »

- Ben Child

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John Boyega, Ed Speleers and Jesse Plemons in Contention for Lead in New Star Wars Movie

13 March 2014 5:13 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

It was two weeks ago that we learned that Girls breakout Adam Driver will be the new face of evil in J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated sequel to Return of the Jedi, and it appears that we will soon know the young Jedi apprentice who will be facing off against Driver's Vader-esque character. According to Variety, multiple sources have confirmed that the actors on Abrams' short list to play the hero include Ed Speleers (Eragon), John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Jesse Plemons (The Master), along with stage actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.

The diverse ethnicity of the top contenders for the lead role adds weight to the rumors that Abrams is straying from the original script for Star Wars: Episode VII drafted by Michael Arndt, which was said to focus on the children of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). The decision to cast »

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Five Up For "Star Wars Ep VII" Jedi Role

12 March 2014 10:31 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Five actors have reportedly risen to the top of J.J. Abrams' list for the role of the "lead Jedi apprentice" in the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII" at Disney and Lucasfilm.

According to Variety, the likes of Ed Speleers ("Eragon"), John Boyega ("Attack the Block"), Matthew James Thomas ("About a Boy"), Jesse Plemons ("Breaking Bad") and Broadway actor Ray Fisher are all battling for the coveted role.

The part is Not one of the Skywalker children, but is believed to have a storyline that runs through all three movies.

The source says while the five are at the top of the list at this moment, casting is still under way and the search continues so new names could potentially bump one or more of these off.

The report also says that while not confirmed, "Girls" star Adam Driver is a lock for the main villain who will face off »

- Garth Franklin

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Five Shortlisted for 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Jedi Apprentice Role

12 March 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It seems studio shortlists are all the rage as of late as I have one more for you, this time regarding J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. So far the cast seems to include Adam Driver ("Girls") as some sort of villain and original trilogy stars -- Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher -- are also said to be involved, but outside of that, casting details are slim. Today's shortlist sheds a little light on where things may be headed, however, as Variety reports the following names are up for some sort of lead Jedi apprentice role. The most recognizable names include Ed Speleers (Eragon, "Downton Abbey"), John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Jesse Plemons ("Breaking Bad"). Joining them on the list is a pair of theater actors, Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher. Variety's report makes sure to note this isn't a list of finalists as "the »

- Brad Brevet

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Shortlist for Star Wars: Episode VII Lead Includes John Boyega, Ed Speleers, and Jesse Plemons; Plus, Character Details Emerge

12 March 2014 1:39 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With Adam Driver on board to play the villain in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, it would be nice to know just who he's going to go up against.  The shortlist of actors has apparently been narrowed down to rather eclectic mix of actors.  It includes John Boyega (Attack the Block), Ed Speleers (Eragon), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.  While casting is by no means official and the audition process is ongoing, a new report has this quintet leading the pack.  Hit the jump for more, including newly emerged character details for the lead roles. Variety reports that the five aforementioned gentlemen are at the top of a rather short list for the lead in Star Wars: Episode VII.  Everyone under the sun appears to have been involved in the auditioning process for the coveted role, so just to make »

- Dave Trumbore

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2011

12 March 2014 4:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44

Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...

Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.

Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »

- ryanlambie

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Is Jeremy Irons Put 'Out to Pasture' as Pennyworth?

5 February 2014 10:45 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

[Editors Note: I am pleased to welcome new contributor Diana Drumm to The Film Experience. The benefit of fresh voices? They often have subjects to opine on that we haven't run into the ground already here at Tfe. Like this consideration of Jeremy Irons, late in his career. Enjoy! - Nathaniel]

Last week, the internet announced, buzzed and trounced the news of Jesse Eisenberg signing on to play Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman. (Insert maniacal mastermind Mark Zuckerberg joke.) Less buzzed about, but part of the same announcement, Jeremy Irons is set to play Alfred Pennyworth. Seriously. Jeremy “Scar is an unknowing introduction to masochism” Irons. Brushing aside millenial Disney hang-ups, Jeremy Irons is a glorious figure of bygone British manhood and Alfred Pennyworth is... A different sort of bygone British manhood. 

Lithe yet powerful, languid yet vital, vulnerable yet undeniably masculine. As an actor, Irons’s performances take on a seductive quality, with an earnest veneer covering an implicit rascaliness or vice versa or a muddled mix of both. With a bewildered look as powerful as a forceful growl, he (his innate talent, his RSC work, his Oscar) is being wasted.

Not that he’s the first »

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