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While nothing has been confirmed yet, the guys over at Tracking Board are exclusively reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch has already been offered the role of Ian Fleming in a film about his life during WWII and the origins of his most famous creation, James Bond. Up until last year the biopic was due to be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) before he ditched the project to move onto his Warcraft adaptation. Since then we’ve had the four part miniseries Fleming starring Dominic Cooper which aired on Sky Atlantic at the start of the year, essentially tackling the exact same subject.
The biopic will be based on Andrew Lycett’s 2009 biography and is set to be an independent production with no director attached as yet. If Cumberbatch accepts the role, it’s likely shooting will begin early next year depending on scheduling conflicts. Cumberbatch has been on an »
- Gavin Logan
News Simon Brew 17 Apr 2014 - 06:45
What's that? You think it's been a little too long since the last Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumour, and you fancy another? Ah, right you are.
The planned biopic of Ian Fleming, the man of course who created James Bond 007, has had one or two bumps over the past few years. At one stage, Duncan Jones was set to direct, until his commitment to the Warcraft movie ruled out his involvement. However, the project - based on the 2009 biography of Fleming written by Andrew Lycett - is still going. And now Benedict Cumberbatch has been linked with the lead role.
The Tracking Board reports the he's been offered the part of Ian Fleming, although that's still a little way away from him accepting it and things moving forward. »
News: China hints that it may relax film quota for arthouse titles
China Film Group has made the first major investment in Hollywood by a state-owned firm, with an eight-figure deal to part-fund the fantasy epics Warcraft and Seventh Son, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The corporation, which is responsible for the vast majority of Chinese movie production and is the only authorised importer of foreign films, will work with Us firm Legendary Pictures on the pair of movies. Warcraft, an adaptation of the hugely popular World of Warcraft multiplayer online video game from Source Code director Duncan Jones, is due in March 2016. Seventh Son, a long-delayed swords and sorcery film starring Ben Barnes and Jeff Bridges, will precede it in cinemas with a »
- Ben Child
China Film Co. has come on board to co-finance Legendary “Warcraft” and “Seventh Son,” investing at least $10 million in the tentpoles. Deal was made with Legendary East, Thomas Tull’s Chinese film arm.
The deal marks the first time China Film Co. has taken a stake in Hollywood films. If the Legendary productions are approved for Chinese release, China Film Co. will distribute the films there with distribution and marketing support to be provided by Legendary East and Universal Pictures.
The announcement comes nearly a year after Legendary announced it was partnering with China Film Co. in a multi-year co-production deal designed for the Chinese and global markets. China Film Co. is the largest producer and distributor of movies in China and is owned by the China Film Group.
That agreement also called for the two companies to fund the development and production of multiple pictures over an initial three-year term. »
- Dave McNary
China Film Co has put money into its first Hollywood films, paying what is believed to be in excess of an eight-figure equity investment in the pair of Legendary projects.
The deal is pursuant to the May 2013 framework agreement between Legendary East and China Film Co outlining the partners’ vision of producing commercial films for the global market.
Should the films get approval from state censors, China Film Co will distribute in China with distribution and marketing support from Legendary East and global distribution partner Universal Pictures.
China Film Co will be credited on the films and its equity recouped on a worldwide basis. China Film Co is the largest producer and distributor of Chinese content.
“These investments are an important step in the evolution of our partnership with China Film Co, Ltd,” said Legendary Entertainment founder and CEO Thomas Tull.
“China Film Co, Ltd has been paying close attention and great devotion to expanding its overseas »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Variety reported that Toby Kebbell (Dead Man's Shoes, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Warcraft) was Fox's top choice to play Victor von Doom in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot, and now the man himself has confirmed that he's accepted. Thank you for all the support, I'm glad to be working with a wonderful cast.@Miles_Teller, @_KateMara, @1jamiebell. @Marvel #FantasticFour — Toby Kebbell (@ItsTobyKebbell) April 2, 2014 Kebbell's obviously left Michael B. Jordan's name off the list there, but we'll assume he merely forgot and the Fruitvale Station star is still playing Johnny Storm in the movie! Anyway, the principal cast have come together finally and shooting is set to commence next month. So what do you think of the new big screen incarnation of Marvel's first family? »
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Trigger Warning: This article contains instances of transphobia and violent threats.
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For many, gaming is an escape from the “real world” and a way to relieve stress. It can be almost therapeutic to insert yourself into a fantasy world in which you don’t normally belong. Unfortunately, modern-day bigotry has seeped into online communities so that for many marginalized people, even gaming can’t be an escape and they still truly do not belong. At least, that’s what bigots would like them to believe. I, myself, am not welcome in many communities because I am queer and I am a woman, but this story isn’t about me; it’s about the countless trans individuals who are being persecuted and excluded from Blizzard’s private Diablo III clans. »
- Holly Fulton
Variety reports that Toby Kebbell is in final talks with Fox to play Doctor Doom in Josh Trank’s reboot The Fantastic Four. It was previously announced that the studio was also targeting Jack Huston (American Hustle), Domnhall Gleeson (Frank) and Sam Riley (Control) but as the site says “newcomer” Toby Kebbell has been chosen as the villain of the piece.
In recent years, “newcomer” Kebbell has starred in The Counselor, Wrath of the Titans, War Horse, The East and the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to name a few, with a lead role in Warcraft also coming up. He will join Miles Teller (Divergent) as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as the Human Torch and Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac) as The Thing.
The Fantastic Four is set for release on June 19th 2015. »
- Gary Collinson
Last month, word arrived that 20th Century Fox was zeroing in on the likely candidate to play Victor Von Doom, the man who will be the primary nemesis for the new heroes in Josh Trank’s fresh take on the Fantastic Four comics. According to Variety we have a winner, in the shape of Toby Kebbell.With Trank set to kick off shooting soon, the casting has been falling into place quickly. Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell are aboard as the four heroes Reed “Mr. Fantastic” Richards, Sue “Invisible Girl” Storm, Johnny “Human Torch” Storm and Ben “The Thing” Grimm.”Kebbell had reportedly been up against Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Riley and Eddie Redmayne for the role of Doctor Doom the masked villain hailing from the fictional nation of Latveria. He’s certainly on Fox’s radar thanks to a role in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, »
It was revealed not too long ago that the hunt for The Fantastic Four’s Doctor Doom had been narrowed down to a handful of candidates, but it has now been revealed that a clear favourite has emerged in the form of British actor Toby Kebbell.
He’s no stranger to Hollywood blockbusters after appearing in the likes of Wrath of the Titans and Prince of Persia, but he really impressed after taking on a lead role in the darkly comic Channel 4 series Black Mirror. Since then, Kebbell has appeared in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, while he’ll also be seen later this year in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and next year in Warcraft.
- Josh Wilding
This finally puts to bed earlier rumours of a female interpretation of the superhero squad’s arch-nemesis (Victoria von Doom?) and means we now have the primary cast in place for the film, with Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell as the titular Fantastic Four.
Rumours suggest that the reboot will be based on Marvel’s ‘The Ultimate Fantastic Four’ comic series, which focused on the group as younger characters – fitting considering the youthful cast.
- Chris Wharfe
Variety has confirmed that the villain in 20th Century Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot will once again be Doctor Doom, adding that the role will be played by Toby Kebbell (War Horse, The East, Warcraft). Kebbell was considered to play Doctor Doom for some time, beating such other actors as Jack Huston and Domhnall Gleeson. He will now star opposite Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell, who will play the superhero team. "Chronicle" helmer Josh Trank will direct "Fantastic Four," which is set to hit theaters on June 19th, 2015. »
Fox and director Josh Trank have cast Toby Kebbell in the villainous role of Doctor Doom for their Fantastic Four reboot. Kebbell has had a good amount of strong supporting roles for films such as Wrath of the Titans, Rock-n-Rolla, War Horse, The East, and Legendary Pictures' upcoming adaptation of Warcraft.
Kebbell will join Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell in the reboot that is scheduled to shoot this spring. The movie will be based on the Marvel comic The Ultimate Fantastic Four, and if you couldn't tell from the casting, the story will focus on younger versions of the characters. It makes sense that Kebbell got cast, especially since he's already worked with Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn, who is producing the film.
A lot of fans still aren't on board with this film. In fact, I've been seeing a lot of hate for it. »
- Joey Paur
The shortlist of names said to be up for the role as the villain in 20th Century Fox's The Fantastic Four reboot included Sam Riley (Control), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) and it just so turns out one of the four won the role. Variety reports Kebbell, who will next be seen as Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and has already landed a role in Duncan Jones' WarCraft, will play a version of the character that appeared in Warren Ellis' "The Ultimate Fantastic Four", which saw Victor Van Damme (aka Dr. Doom) as a descendant of Dracula, a boy whose childhood ended when he was 10, formed by his severe, authoritarian father source. Kebbell has yet to officially sign, but when he does he'll be joining Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. »
- Brad Brevet
According to Variety, Toby Kebbell to is set to play the “Fantastic Four” team’s arch nemesis Victor von Doom, aka Doctor Doom. Kebbell beat out Domhnall Gleeson, Eddie Redmayne and Sam Riley for the role.
Josh Trank (Chronicle) is set to direct the film from a screenply written by Simon Kinberg. The film will center on the Fantastic Four comics, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, which features a family of heroes including scientist Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl, the Human Torch and The Thing.
“The Fantastic Four” is set to hit theaters on June 19, 2015. The sequel is due in summer 2017.
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- Kellvin Chavez
Fox has set the final key piece for its Fantastic Four reboot. Chronicle director Josh Trank signed on to take the helm of The Fantastic Four a few years ago, but movement on the project has been slow to say the least. However, with a June 19, 2015 release date looming, the principal cast was finally firmed up in February with Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Girl), and Jamie Bell (The Thing). Clearly the cast is quite young, and so when talk turned to who would play the iconic comics villain Dr. Doom, the shortlist included similarly aged actors. Now, with filming set to begin this spring, Fox has made its decision and zeroed in on Wrath of the Titans actor Toby Kebbell to take on the antagonist role. Hit the jump for more. Per Variety, 20th Century Fox has settled on Kebbell to play »
- Adam Chitwood
It seems it's not quite a done deal yet (though Variety seem pretty certain it will be) but Fox want Dead Man's Shoes/Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes/ Warcraft actor Toby Kebbell to play the villain in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, Doctor Doom. We already knew Kebell was in the running for the role along with Jack Huston, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Riley and Eddie Redmayne, but clearly the studio and director Josh Trank have made their choice. If it pans out, Kebbell will join Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell in the reboot, which will shoot this spring. »
Based on the Marvel comic “The Ultimate Fantastic Four,” the contemporary update will focus on the characters as young men and women. Josh Trank will helm the pic with Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn and Gregory Goodman serving as producers.
“The Fantastic Four” is slated to bow June 19, 2015. A second installment is due in summer 2017.
- Justin Kroll
When you’re watching an edge of your seat, racing film like “Need For Speed,” your first impression of the film is molded by the hero. What truly motivates the hero isn’t anything that he did, but what the villain did in order to crush him. It’s easy to figure out who the antagonist is – just look at his all-black wardrobe – but actor Dominic Cooper’s slick interpretation of the character is the kind of villain that’s fun to hate. Dominic Cooper didn’t just climb onboard “Need For Speed” because of the character, but a number of other reasons that includes getting behind the wheel of some fantastic sports cars. [ Read More ]
- Melissa Molina
From director Gary Fleder and written by Sylvester Stallone, the action thriller Homefront (now available on Blu-ray/DVD) tells the story of widowed ex-dea agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham), who retires to a quiet Southern town with this 10-year-old daughter, only to find it filled with drugs and violence. When psychotic local drug lord Gator Bodine (James Franco) ends up fixated on Broker, the man who was looking to live a quiet, idyllic life must do whatever it takes to protect his family. During this recently exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Clancy Brown (who plays local town sheriff Keith Rodrigue in the film) talked about how he came to be a part of Homefront, why the script appealed to him, what makes director Gary Fleder a good collaborator, that he enjoyed playing a straight-up guy, and how a good script will usually get him to take on a role. »
- Christina Radish
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