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Big casting announcement for the Warcraft movie tonight. Variety is reporting that four more names are set for Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie in the works at Legendary. The big four are: Ben Foster (of 3:10 to Yuma, Pandorum, Rampart, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Lone Survivor), Toby Kebbell (of RocknRolla, Prince of Persia, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Wrath of the Titans, The East), Rob Kazinsky (of "True Blood", Red Tails + Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim) in three lead roles, with Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia, Devil's Double, Captain America, Need for Speed) in negotiations for a part as well. All four of these guys are very talented actors on the rise and should make for a gritty, badass cast of humans. So who will they be playing? No one knows! Plot details for this Warcraft movie are still being kept a big secret, and we don't have have any casting or character breakdowns to go along with them. »
- Alex Billington
Ever since its debut at Telluride and Tiff, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave has been gaining critical acclaim left, right, and centre.
The film was long one of the most anticipated of the year, with McQueen’s making a return behind the camera following 2011’s acclaimed (and Oscar-snubbed) Shame.
Whilst it’s now playing in Us cinemas, UK audiences will have to wait until January for its arrival, and eOne has begun gearing up the momentum towards its release with a new TV spot for our shores.
12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, »
- Kenji Lloyd
For those who've been reading this site over the years, David Oyelowo is anything but a "breakthrough" in 2013. The actor has been around for a little bit, and The Butler isn't his first Stateside role. You should be very well familiar with him and his work by now - certainly enough that he'd be beyond "breakthrough" status, especially when compared to the other actors on this panel. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Red Tails, Middle Of Nowhere, The Paperboy ring the bell? And his roles in those movies were quite plump. A little too late a recognition, but better late than never, I suppose. And I'm sure he very much appreciates the acknowledgement by a mainstream »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The director has never been short of opinions – so why has he become evasive when we catch up with him in Brooklyn?
With the interview over, Spike Lee finally opens up. For 40 minutes the film director has sat in a defensive crouch, with his arms folded and his legs crossed, parrying questions as though they were accusations. More evasive than abrasive, he insists that neither new technology, changes in his personal life or the way that he's perceived have any effect on him or his work. A couple of times he responds as though there was another interviewee in the room.
Asked a perfectly reasonable questions such as: "How does an independent filmmaker like yourself measure success?", he'd say: "It depends who you ask."
"Well I'm asking you," I keep pointing out, hoping, in vain, for a credible answer.
Lee is small, slender and stylish. He is dressed all in black – sneakers, »
- Gary Younge
Nicole Richie has signed with Wme. The web and reality TV personality and fashion maven can be seen on AOL web series #CandidlyNicole, each episode of which brings one of her tweets to life. Her TV credits include a mentor gig on Fashion Star, a guest judge role on Fashion Police and starring with Paris Hilton on The Simple Life for five seasons. She also has a fashion collection and apparel line and has written a novel loosely based on her life. Richie continues to be repped by Impression Entertainment and Grubman Indursky & Shire. Cliff “Method Man” Smith has signed with UTA. He is shooting Tom McCarthy’s The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi, and recently wrapped the features Lucky N#mbr and Staten Island Summer. Next up is a voice role in the upcoming Fxx animated comedy Chozen, which focuses on a gay white rapper »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Digital HD Release Date: Jan. 7, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Director Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World) spins another campy tale for Machete Cortez in this action movie. This time around, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen, Guilty Hearts) to stop a crazed terrorist (Mel Gibson, Lethal Weapon) who’s bent on starting a nuclear war. Machete’s ready to kick butt, all while he’s got a bounty on his head.
Rodriguez rounded up his usual cast plus plenty of newbies for the film, including Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious 6), Jessica Alba (The Killer Inside Me), Amber Heard (And Soon the Darkness), Sofia Vergara (TV’s Modern Family), Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live »
Terrence Howard has been very vocal about his dismissal from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in recent years. After appearing in the original Iron Man, he was replaced by Don Cheadle for Iron Man 2. Apparently, he didn’t realize that the contract wasn’t “mutually binding” and that Marvel, despite making a multi-picture deal with him, still had the final say on whether they would bring him back or not.
For Iron Man 2, Howard was set to earn $8 million, which is a huge bump over the $4.5 million that he earned for the first one. Unfortunately for him though, Robert Downey Jr. got a bit greedy and took the money that was supposed to go to Howard.
“It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out, »
- Matt Joseph
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Dec. 17, 2013
Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
A man who’s lost everything proves he is capable of anything in the 2013 crime thriller film Prisoners.
Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman, Real Steel) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated Rv that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal, Love & Other Drugs) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano, The Extra Man), but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child’s life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. »
Hailing from Britain, actor David Oyelowo is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, following a string of impressive performances in the likes of Lincoln, Jack Reacher and The Paperboy – and it’s with the director of the latter, Lee Daniels, that Oyelowo has teamed up with once again for his latest feature, The Butler.
We spoke to the immensely talented actor on the phone as he took a lunch break on set out in Los Angeles to discuss The Butler, where he plays radical son to our protagonist, Louis Gaines. Oyelowo discusses having Oprah as his on-screen mother, learning about the intensity of historical, American racism through film, working with Chris Nolan on Interstellar, and divulges as much information as he can about the rumours linking him to Jurassic World.
- Stefan Pape
As much as genres like Westerns and musicals, the social issue historical drama often arrives in theatre as part of a cycle, one strong box office performance spurring on other producers’ projects. Sometimes a cycle can be re-started thanks to real-world events. The civil rights movement prodded the studios into releasing films that addressed the headlines, films like In The Heat Of The Night and Guess Who’S Coming To Dinner (and of course, the rise of the “blaxplotation” low-budget flicks) in the late sixties. By the mid 1970′s, most of the studios rarely tackled race relations, until a few late 80′s films like Driving Miss Daisy and the incendiary Do The Right Thing. But that subject popped up again just a few years ago, perhaps in part in response to the 2008 presidential elections. Most of these new films took a look at race through the lens of still fairly recent history. »
- Jim Batts
We reported last month that Timur Bekmambetov was in talks to direct the reboot, and now his deal has been finalized. Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back) wrote the original screenplay, which is reportedly much more faithful to the original Lew Wallace novel. The story explores the formative years of Judah Ben-Hur and Messalla, before Messalla sold his friend into slavery after the Roman Empire took over Jerusalem. The script also features Jesus Christ, whose story is told in parallel to Ben-Hur's, culminating with his death at the hands of Pontius Pilate.
Sean Daniel and Joni Levin are producing for MGM, with Keith R. Clarke and Jason F. Brown serving as executive producers. The filmmakers plan on casting soon, with production tentatively scheduled to start next spring.
John Ridley's other writing credits include U-Turn, »
Keith Clarke ("The Way Back") penned the earlier draft for this new version which is said to stick closer to Wallace's original novel. MGM sold the rights to the 1959 film back in the 1980s, but Wallace's novel is in the public domain.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
So, why shouldn’t the Chronicle actor have flame powers from space? That’s the question that I ask. Recently, it was announced that Michael could be playing as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the Fantastic Four film reboot. The comments I usually see on here when there’s a subject about this casting is that “The Human Torch shouldn’t be black, he should be white.” As a passionate comic-book reader, I feel as though Johnny Storm is a character in which race or ethnicity doesn’t matter. That being said, I wouldn't mind seeing Michael B. Jordan playing as Johnny Storm in the film, I actually think he’s a pretty great choice. Two films that I saw Michael in were Red Tails and Chronicle and if you were to ask me, I think he gave a solid performance for both films. Usually, I feel as though »
Chiwetel Ejiofor and filmmaker Steve McQueen collaborate on epic slave drama 12 Years a Slave. Forget Django and its comic book bloodletting. The slave drama to end all movie slave dramas, a wake up story desperately needed in post-Tayvon Martin America, is 12 Years a Slave. Based on the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a tale recounted in his best-selling, mid-19th century slave narrative, director Steve McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley (Red Tails) recreate the horrific tale of Northup, a free African American living with his family in upstate New York who ends up in bondage due to a terrible crime. »
Near the end of 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup -- battered, beaten and defeated -- turns and looks straight into the eyes of every member of the weary audience. Living as a free man in Saratoga, New York in 1841, Northup was abducted and sold into slavery where he remained for twelve long years. Looking into his eyes, questions arise -- What is he thinkingc What is the audience thinkingc It's a scene that removes the idea of the audience serving as spectators. It's a scene that says If you didn't feel involved to this point, you are now. Director Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame), and his unflinching cinematic eye, delivers a film filled with shame, guilt, hatred, anger, rage, torture, anguish and tears. It rips your heart out of your chest and holds it before your very eyes. It's a painful watch and one I won't likely run to visit again, »
- Brad Brevet
While "12 Years a Slave" may not be the lock for Best Picture that it once was, it looks like it has the Adapted Screenplay Oscar in the bag. All but three of our 23 Experts are predicting that novelist turned screenwriter John Ridley ("Red Tails") will prevail for adapting Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir about his dozen years in servitude in the South. Scott Feinberg (The Hollywood Reporter) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com) are backing the bid by Emmy champ Terence Winter ("The Sopranos") for his version of Jordan Belfort's candid memoir "The Wolf of Wall Street." And Keith Simanton (IMDb) is predicting that Tracy Letts will get an Oscar for reworking his Pulitzer and Tony-winning play "August: Osage County" for the big screen. Fourth on the list of likely nominees is "Before Midnight" which contends in t »
John Ridley has been honing his craft for years, apprenticing with John Wells on "Third Watch," through multiple movie scripts ("U-Turn," "Red Tails") and television series ("Barbershop," "Platinum") to his first feature "Cold Around the Heart." He wrote the script for Oscar frontrunner "12 Years a Slave" as well as his sophomore directing effort, Jimi Hendrix slice-of-life "All Is by My Side," which was picked up by Open Road after a successful debut at the Toronto Film Festival. Anne Thompson: "12 Years a Slave" blew me away, and I'm not the only one. What brought you to the film? John Ridley: Five years ago now, "Hunger" was screening at CAA and I was invited to the screening. I'd also given Steve McQueen a manuscript I'd written. I thought "Hunger" was truly a phenomenal film and as a kid I had been interested in Bobby Sands as well. When you're a kid »
- Anne Thompson
The 26-year-old actor is in discussions for key roles in several big-budget studio movies after his star turn in this summer’s indie Fruitvale Station, which won both jury and audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival. His role as Oscar Grant, killed by transit police in 2009 at an Oakland train station, is expected to lead to acting honors as Hollywood’s movie awards season begins in coming months.
“You win Sundance, you pop up on a lot of peoples’ radar. »
- Associated Press
Classically trained British stage actor David Oyelowo (pronounced “Oh-yellow-oh”) may be making slow but steady headway in Hollywood, he commanded serious respect from his peers as far back as 2001 when he played the title role in “Henry VI,” making him the first black actor to portray an English king for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Since then, the 37-year-old actor has proven his versatility across a number of demanding roles, holding his own in such varied fare as Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” “Jack Reacher” opposite Tom Cruise, “Red Tails” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” (He also appeared in Daniels’ “The Paperboy.”)
His scene-stealing turn as a rebellious civil-rights activist in “The Butler” was “a bit of stretch for me,” Oyolewo admits, “as I had to age »
- Iain Blair
“I’m trying to find moments that I can make memorable,” says Michael B. Jordan, who, at age 26, has already delivered several unforgettable examples. Acting since adolescence, Jordan fell in love with the craft while shooting a scene for “The Wire,” in which his character, an inner-city kid, starts sniffing cocaine. “That was the first time I let go and lost myself in a role,” he says.
Over the past decade, Jordan has cultivated an impressive fledgling career, from recurring turns in “All My Children,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” to notable performances in Hollywood ensembles “Chronicle” and “Red Tails,” culminating in his extraordinary first starring role in “Fruitvale Station,” as Oscar Grant, the young man shot by police at an Oakland subway stop in 2009.
“I really meditated a lot,” says Jordan, reflecting on his intense death scene. “I would talk to myself, and I would talk to Oscar, and that focused me. »
- Anthony Kaufman
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