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Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that principal photography on the epic action thriller Dunkirk is underway in Dunkirk, France. Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy) is directing Dunkirk from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen. The production will shoot in France, Holland, the UK and Los Angeles, and today we have the first photos from the France set.
Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. Dunkirk features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Wolf Hall), Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn, Hamlet, Henry V) and Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy), as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead. »
While he’s been in France for some time doing pre-production and test shoots, today Christopher Nolan officially commences production on his Interstellar follow-up, the World War II drama Dunkirk. Warner Bros. announced the start of production, including a synopsis which reads, “Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.”
The main cast has also been confirmed with Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan, and Tom Glynn-Carney. Variety has also chimed in that Damien Bonnard (star of Staying Vertical, which just premiered at Cannes) has joined the cast.
Check out the first set photos below, mostly thanks to photographer Pierre Volot, following the press release.
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- Jordan Raup
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that principal photography on the epic action thriller Dunkirk is underway in Dunkirk, France. Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy) is directing Dunkirk from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen. The production will shoot in France, Holland, the UK and Los Angeles.
Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
Dunkirk features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy (“The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception”), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn,” “Hamlet,” “Henry V”) and Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, »
- Kellvin Chavez
After bringing the iconic superhero Batman back to life on the big screen this spring with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck takes on a much more sinister role this fall in Warner Bros.' The Accountant. The studio released the first trailer for this thriller today, which shows Ben Affleck playing a brilliant math genius who is leading a dangerous double life. This thriller could end up being one of the hottest movies hitting theaters this fall, with Ben Affleck leading a stellar cast that also includes Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons.
The trailer from Warner Bros. UK YouTube showcases Christian Wolff (Affleck), a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town Cpa office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King »
Yesterday was a pretty good day all the way around. First up, I saw the new Shane Black movie The Nice Guys. Then I headed over to HitFix, where Black joined me for a long-form conversation about his new film, his past work, the state of the industry today, and some of his upcoming projects. It was a great way to spend forty minutes, and Black seems to be in a good mood about his new film, as he should be. One of the subjects that we discussed before, during, and after the actual taping is how Black plans to tackle Doc Savage, a film that has my full attention. I grew up loving the original pulp stories, and when they started the latest series of reprints of the original Kenneth Robeson/Street & Smith material, I picked up as many as I could lay hands on. The Bantam paperbacks in »
- Drew McWeeny
Nobody thought Jason Bourne was gone forever. Not even when Tony Gilroy’s misjudged The Bourne Legacy attempted to relaunch the franchise, sans Bourne himself, did people truly believe we’d seen the last of probably the greatest cinematic super spy of the modern age. The trailer for Jason Bourne landed this week, the brand new fifth film in the franchise which sees Matt Damon return in the titular role (stripped back to just the name, a la Jack Ryan or Jack Reacher), and most excitingly of all paired with director Paul Greengrass who took the already impressive work of Doug Liman on The Bourne Identity and built on it wonderfully with The Bourne Supremacy (still the best one) and The Bourne Ultimatum. After the open-ended conclusion to that film, ending the trilogy of Bourne coming »
- Tony Black
With CinemaCon 2016 taking place in the States, Tom Cruise made an appearance via taped message to introduce some footage from the currently-in-production Jack Reacher: Never Back Down, but he also took the opportunity to provide an update on another of his upcoming sequels, the as-yet-untitled Mission: Impossible 6.
Cruise revealed that filming on the latest instalment in the spy series is set to get underway in the Fall, as well as promising that there will be “more incredible set pieces, stunts…and what I think is a very entertaining and compelling story.”
Mission: Impossible 6 will reunite Cruise with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie and co-star Rebecca Ferguson, marking the first time that a filmmaker and leading lady have returned for a second outing in the series.
As yet, there’s no word on a release date for M:i 6, but summer 2017 looks to be a good bet. »
- Gary Collinson
Tom Cruise may be in London, but he certainly still made a lasting impression at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
The 53-year-old action star via pre-recorded message promised that there will be more stunts, incredible set pieces and action for the next chapter with Mission: Impossible 6. He is currently writing the story with Christopher McQuarrie for another adventure for Ethan Hunt.
The film will begin its production in the fall this year.
Last year, Cruise made a very strong impression at CinemaCon by introducing the behind-the-scenes cut for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
For the rest of the taped appearance, he introduced the con-goers with an action-packed preview of the upcoming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The preview opened up with a local sheriff arresting Jack Reacher at a local diner after he beaten several thugs. It continued with Reacher partnering with a military officer (Cobie Smulders) and forced her to »
- Gig Patta
Last year, Tom Cruise took CinemaCon by storm, keeping theater owners enraptured as he spun tales of how he risked life and limb by strapping himself to the side of an airplane on “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.”
The actor behind the hit spy series couldn’t make it to Las Vegas this go-round. Cruise was busy filming in London, but he still taped a video appearance for the exhibition industry confab, promising that super spy Ethan Hunt will be back for more global espionage and gravity-defying world saving. Filming will begin next fall with “Rogue Nation” director and co-writer Christopher McQuarrie returning for another adventure.
The mission may change, but the formula will stay the same. Cruise said that there will be “…more incredible set pieces, stunts…and what I think is a very entertaining and compelling story.”
In addition to promises of more escapades for Hunt and the Imf, »
- Brent Lang
They’ll be working under Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie, who will pick up the reins from Doug Liman after penning the original sleeper hit. Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s mind-bending novel All You Need is Kill, which was once the title of Liman’s actioner during its formative days, Edge of Tomorrow thrusted Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt into a full-scale alien war, with the remnants of humanity desperately scrapping for survival.
That all-hands-on-deck tactic resulted in waves upon waves of foot soldiers being deployed against the mimics, a seemingly invincible alien race mobilized by a hive mind hellbent on world domination. But here’s the kicker: Tom Cruise was able to exploit a scientific »
- Michael Briers
There Is A God!
2014's Edge Of Tomorrow was a criminally under-seen film. Critics adored it. Fans loved it. But the $178 million production barely managed to limp past the $100 Million mark domestically. It just didn't catch on with the mainstream and, for the folks who thought it was a great sci-fi flick with ample amounts of humor and innovative action, we figured we wouldn't hear about the film again except for when we pulled it out of our blu-ray collections to introduce it to people who missed out on it.
There've been quiet rumblings of a follow-up, but that seemed like pie in the sky. How could that happen? Well, thanks to star Tom Cruise's enduring appeal worldwide, the film made a whopping $270 million in international markets, bringing Edge Of Tomorrow's cume to $370 million. Between that, and the film's great reviews/ratings, the idea of a sequel became legitimate. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Even with megastar Tom Cruise selling the movie, audiences had a trouble grasping the concept of "Edge Of Tomorrow," which opened at number three during the summer of 2014. And while the picture eked its way to $100 million domestic, it did nearly three times that overseas, and home video has certainly helped the sci-fi flick earn some greater appreciation. Talk of a follow-up has brewing for a while now, and the wheels are finally in motion. Deadline reports that Cruise's bud Christopher McQuarrie ("Valkyrie," "Jack Reacher," "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation"), who co-wrote the first film, will be back to direct, with Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse ("Race") writing the script. But undoubtedly they will be getting some input from McQuarrie, who last summer was saying the follow-up would be easier for the studio to work with from a promotional point-of-view. Read More: The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
David Ellison’s production and financing company, whose credits include, has secured a new raft of financing for film and TV production.
The funding comprises a $500m credit line from Jp Morgan Chase and $200m in equity from a group of investors.
Ellison founded the company in 2010 and has partnered with Paramount Pictures on a number of high-profile releases.
Ellison is the son of Oracle billionaire Larry and brother of Annapurna Pictures head Megan. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Charles Roven is a busy man these days. With the imminent arrival of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, the producer knows that Phase 1 for DC's own Cinematic Universe is about to get into full swing. Of note, this is a total departure for Roven. He's no stranger to DC films, having served as producer on Batman Begins as well as Christopher Nolan's subsequent sequels. But when he began, he did so alongside Nolan who had a "one movie at a time" philosophy.
Roven says that's the biggest difference between then and now. When he began working on DC, they only focused on making the best film they could. Now the WB/DC philosophy is totally different. Long before Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was close to premiering, they'd already announced a 10 film slate.
"Gosh, when I got involved with 'Batman Begins,' we would talk very vaguely about how, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Based on a nearly 30-year-old screenplay by Oscar-winner scribe Donald Stewart, the 1892-set story follows a legendary Army captain who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands.
Pike will play a widow who undertakes the perilous journey after the murder of her family on the plains. Cooper ("Black Mass," "Out Of The Furnace") is writing, directing and will produce with John Lesher and Ken Kao. Filming will begin in July.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Aldis Hodge became an actor because his older brother wanted to be “in the box” and his mother promised him some Batman toys. He’s been working tirelessly ever since — including a stint on TNT’s “Leverage” — but now he’s finally having a breakthrough moment. After appearing in “Straight Outta Compton” as Mc Ren, he’s starring in Wgn America’s new series “Underground” as Noah, who leads his fellow slaves in a daring escape on the Underground Railroad. (The 10-hour drama, which is exec produced by John Legend and creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, debuts March 9.)
Below, Hodge tells Variety about the role he calls one of the hardest of his career, how this series offers a new perspective on slavery, and the humble beginnings that taught him to appreciate the career he has now.
What drew you to this part? What made you want to take on this role? »
- Debra Birnbaum
Getting a movie character’s name right is more important than you realise. You can have an amazingly nuanced plot with endless twists and turns and dialogue that leaps all the way across the room, but no Hollywood executive will green-light, no actor will sign onto, and no audience will go see a film if the protagonist goes by Stinks McGee (no offence to any Stinks out there).
But what makes a cool name then? After all, so many famous character monikers gained weight over time, becoming highly regarded despite being rather bland, meaning that when stripped of context they don’t quite hold up; the respective self-titled movies for John Carter, Jack Reacher and Jack Ryan all felt incredibly insipid precisely because they sounded like they were named after some disinteresting bloke from down the pub.
Writers love to dip into Latin or other foreign languages for inspiration, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Producer Don Granger and actress Danika Yarosh have sent out several tweets in the last few days indicating that filming on the Ed Zwick-directed action thriller "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" has concluded.
Tom Cruise returns for this second film adaptation of a Lee Child novel starring the author's iconic character Jack Reacher and is joined this time by Yarosh along with Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Austin Hebert, Robert Catriniand Robert Knepper.
The project, which has been shooting for much of the past four months, is currently targeting an October release through Paramount Pictures.
That's a wrap on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Thank you Nola, and the very best cast and crew. Reacher's back on the road to the next place.
— Don Granger (@dongranger) January 30, 2016
#NeverGoBack https://t.co/L7FYlWuzxG pic.twitter.com/K7VX6iYeIM
— Danika Yarosh (@danikayarosh) February 2, 2016
Dream team. Our amazing director and producer #NeverGoBack pic. »
- Garth Franklin
...and that's a wrap on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back! There hasn't been any official confirmation yet, so there may still be a few second-unit scenes left to be shot, but according to a couple of tweets from producer Don Granger & one of the film's stars, Paramount Pictures' upcoming Jack Reacher sequel wrapped Monday after about four months of action-packed filming. The Ed Zwick-helmed picture will now head into an extensive post-production phase as it prepares for its eagly-awaited October release date. The film stars three-time Academy Award-nominee Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) as the titular Reacher with Cobie Smulders (Avengers: Age Of Ultron), Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton), Patrick Heusinger (Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce), Holt McCallany (Sully), Austin Hébert (The Answer), Robert Catrini (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), and Robert Knepper (The Flash) rounding out the cast. Check out a few tweets/photos from »
Even though 2016 will likely be remembered for the release of three of the biggest comic book movies ever - Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, & Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice - it will also most likely be looked back on as the year studios started taking bigger risks with more experimental, non-traditional, comic book affairs such as Deadpool, Suicide Squad, and Doctor Strange. The riskiest of the bunch is probably Warner Bros.' third DC Extended Universe adventure Suicide Squad, which is an ensemble piece directed by David Ayer and features a character roster full of supervillains, save for the Batman cameo. It's led by a cast featuring Academy Award-winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), two-time Academy Award-nominee Will Smith (Concussion), Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street), two-time Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder), Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop), and Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher). An early listing for Funko Pop! »
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